You probably know by now that, wonderful though pregnancy is, it can also put immense pressure on your body. Fortunately, there’s a fabulous antenatal antidote that comes with a myriad of health benefits.
Having a massage is a great way to unwind and de-stress. But you’re massaging for two now, so you can’t have just any old massage. Although research into pregnancy massages is scarce, it is widely believed to be beneficial for pregnant women.
Some studies have proven massages to reduce stress hormones in a pregnant woman’s body called norepinephrine, while increasing those lacking in women who are depressed. It alleviates anxiety and relaxes the body, particularly the muscles – and the more relaxed you feel, the easier the labour! Improved sleep is another perk of the massage, thanks to all the relaxation.
Plus, common pregnancy ailments such as back- and neck-ache, leg cramps, swollen ankles and feet and joint pain could also become a thing of the past. There are mixed opinions when it comes to helping or exacerbating heartburn and nausea, but this all boils down to luck.
Most therapists will encourage you to lie on your side during your ‘massage for two’.
If you decide to have a pregnancy massage, we’d advise you to find a qualified therapist with experience with pregnant women. Try asking your midwife for a recommendation.