Massage Therapy: Pregnancy Massage

pregnancy_massageReceiving bodywork during pregnancy is extremely beneficial. It can help soothe some of the changes taking place, and it is deeply relaxing. This benefits mom and growing baby.

Some specific things Pregnancy Bodywork can help with that may occur as you progress through each trimester are:

  • Nausea and morning sickness
  • Heartburn
  • Round ligament, broad ligament and lower uterine segment pain
  • Carpel Tunnel pain or numbness of hands
  • Fatigue
  • Body pain: back, hip, pelvic, ribs, and sciatic
  • Changing posture issues
  • Leg cramps
  • Headaches
  • Swelling in legs, feet and hands
  • Self-Esteem

Massage During Pregnancy is Safe

Massage during pregnancy is safe, when done by a Certified Pregnancy Massage Therapist. Therapists with this designation have received additional education and training on the special requirements of pregnancy (also called pre-natal) massage. They are trained in the positioning needed for the comfort and safety of mother and baby. Additionally, they are well versed in the areas of the body which should not be massaged during pregnancy, and in massage techniques which are especially suited for expectant mothers. There are some conditions when it is not safe to receive massage while pregnant, and your therapist will be familiar with these conditions. It is recommended that all women seeking pregnancy massage have approval from their physician or midwife prior to receiving it.

pregnancymassageOptimal Fetal Positioning

This refers to helping babies get into the best position to align themselves to go through the birth canal. Most babies will find a good comfortable position; some will not. Babies choose the easiest position available within the womb.

Pregnancy massage and bodywork can release restrictions in the muscles and ligaments and create more room for baby to move and re-position.

Postpartum Massage and Care

Bodywork at this point—the so-called 4th trimester—can help you recover from the demands of giving birth. You can have a session as soon after as you desire to help with muscle fatigue, low back and hip pain, tailbone or sacral pain, and constipation. Postpartum Massage can also help with:

Diastasis Rectis

A separation of the abdominal muscles due to the expanding pregnant tummy. There are easy techniques to help recover from this, and bodywork is an important part of that recovery.

Weak Psoas Muscle

This muscle becomes especially weak during pregnancy. Bodywork will address strengthening this muscle and relaxing the other muscles that have been compensating.

Cesarean Section

The physical recovery from this is similar to any other major abdominal surgery. You will need time to heal and you should follow any guidelines given by your physician. Bodywork will greatly reduce recovery time, and provide you with some well-deserved relaxation. Your Pregnancy Trained Massage Therapist can give you some great tips for self-care as well.