Pregnancy brings many changes: physically, psychologically and socially. These changes can vary greatly between woman, and even with one woman’s multiple pregnancies.
Why have regular massage in pregnancy?
Regular massage is very beneficial throughout pregnancy to help support the changing body, ease discomforts and prepare for birth. One study done by the Touch Research Institute showed a reduction in anxiety, stress hormones and obstetrical complications in women who received regular massage during their pregnancies.
Massage from a qualified, experienced pregnancy practitioner can provide benefits such as:
- Relief from muscular tension, backache and pelvic pain
- Reduction in swelling, carpal tunnel and leg cramps
- Improved sleep patterns
- Stabilised hormonal and blood pressure changes
- Improved mood and reduced anxiety
- Positive mother – baby connection
- Preparation for birth – physically & mentally
And the use of personalised aromatherapy oils can enhance the positive effects of treatments.
When should I have massage in pregnancy?
Although timing can depend on your specific needs, the general recommendation is to time your massages around your check-ups with your midwife or doctor. Prior to your massage treatment we need to check that all is going well with your pregnancy, so it can be helpful to know how blood pressure is and the results of any recent scans or blood tests.
Massage schedule during pregnancy would look something like this:
- Early pregnancy to 30 weeks: massage every 4 weeks
- 30 weeks to 36 weeks: massage every 2-3 weeks
- 36 weeks until birth: weekly massage to help prepare for birth
Note: contrary to popular belief, massage and aromatherapy are safe during all trimesters of pregnancy under the guidance of a qualified, experienced therapist. It’s never too early and it’s never too late.
Life is busy. Regular appointments with your massage therapist can also provide a safe space to check in with your body and mind and voice any concerns you may have.
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