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With all the stress pregnancy may bring, whether emotional or physical, you need to look for ways to pamper yourself as much as possible during your pregnancy to prepare for your journey in motherhood.
Who doesn’t feel good after getting a massage done? What better way to you pamper yourself other than getting a pregnancy massage? With all the extra pregnancy weight and the fatigue pregnancy may bring along, getting a prenatal massage can be beneficial for both you and your baby and will help you feel better.
It is extremely important to speak to your doctor before getting your prenatal massage done to rule out any risks. If you are suffering from any pregnancy complications, make sure to speak to your gynecologist before getting a prenatal massage.
Choosing a professional masseuse is also extremely vital because pregnancy massages need to be done in a very professional way to avoid any risks or complications to you or your baby.
You may get your pregnancy massage done anytime during your pregnancy, however, it is recommended to wait until you finish your first trimester because that is when you are at most risk of having a miscarriage.
Here are the top benefits of prenatal massages:
- Hormone regulation
- Increases blood flow
- Stress relief
- Relieves body/joint pain
- Reduces pregnancy swelling
- Helps with insomnia
Research has proved that getting a prenatal massage will help reduce and regulate any stress hormones which may be associated with your pregnancy.
Increases blood flow
Increasing blood flow during pregnancy helps flush out toxins and helps your lymphatic system work well which is important for both your health and the baby’s as well.
Many studies have proved that getting a prenatal massage reduces any stress or depression which may be related to pregnancy. In addition, it may help improve your immune system because stress definitely affects your immunity.
As you go along your pregnancy and get heavier, you will have joint and body pain. Getting a prenatal massage will help reduce any joint or bone-related pain.
Because of the baby’s pressure on your uterus and the build-up of fluid during pregnancy, your body may swell up, especially your feet and ankles. Getting a prenatal massage done will help reduce any swelling.
Helps relieve insomnia
You may suffer from insomnia during your pregnancy, especially during the last trimester due to stress. You are also getting bigger and heavier which may make it difficult for you to sleep. Getting a prenatal massage will definitely help your mind and body relax and help relieve any insomnia related issues.
Further reading: 8 Ways to Ease Morning Sickness During Pregnancy