Eases backaches, headaches, shoulder and neck aches that may be caused by muscle tension and shifts in posture to accommodate increasing weight. It also:
- Decreases pain in the pelvic/hip area
- Increases circulation
- Improves digestion
- Reduces fatigue
- Improves skin elasticity that can help reduce stretch marks
- Helps reduce swelling in such places as hands and lower legs
- Can alleviate the stress on weight-bearing joints, like the knees, which are impacted by the extra weight of a growing baby
- Promotes relaxation and deep breathing
- Helps stabilize hormone levels by lessening anxiety
Studies show that women who are touched during their pregnancy have less pain, anxiety and discomfit and experience fewer problems during labour.
Massage is not recommended if any of the following are present:
- Pre term contractions
- Placenta Previa
- Placental Abruption
It’s not called labour for nothing! Massage after birth can help with any stiffness or pain related to labour or having a caesarean. It is also beneficial to ease any soreness due to breast-feeding and holding your baby or back pain due to weakened abdominal muscles.