I had a smooth pregnancy, touchwood, and largely an uneventful one. Though, my baby did not give me much trouble till the day she decided to come out in the world, I did have the usual aches and pains. Pregnancy takes a toll on your body and puts a lot of stress on the body parts and joints. One of the most common and bad pains that you tend to get when you are pregnant is a lower back pain. The extra weight you carry along with the extra pressure on the pelvis is the main cause of this pain. Like many others, I too had a bad lower back pain and of course, the regular tiredness and fatigue.
As I had a tough time to conceive, I was extra careful during my pregnancy. I am otherwise also very fond of getting a nice massage done, and this was one thing I really craved in the first three months. After the first trimester was over, my doctor gave me the permission to join pregnancy fitness classes and also get massages done. Luckily, my hospital had the facility and I quickly paid up for both. My classes kept me active but the prenatal massages were awesome and without a doubt, the best part of my pregnancy.
Prenatal massage is a massage which is quite similar to a regular massage you get at a spa but this is done keeping in mind the needs of a pregnant woman. Like any other massage, a prenatal massage releases stress, relaxes muscles and improves circulation in the body and makes the mother and baby feel good. A prenatal massage is done on a bed which is made for pregnant woman and there is no pressure on the stomach. As the therapist is trained in the pregnancy massage, she or he will know the exact spots which are stressed and will use a blend of oils most suitable to the pregnant woman.
Benefits of a Prenatal Massage
A prenatal massage apart from the level of relaxation, has many advantages for the mummy to be and the baby. Some of them are:
Besides the medical advantages of a prenatal massage, it should be done to pamper the mom to be. A lot of energy and effort goes into carrying and delivering a baby, and once the baby arrives, it is a tough time for a mother. A massage relaxes the mother and has a lot of therapeutic advantages.
Things to Keep in Mind
Some of the things that should be kept in mind before and while getting a prenatal massage are:
A prenatal massage is a great way to relax for a pregnant woman. You must try and get one every alternate week until about the 7th month and then try and get one weekly to get the best results. Though there are no statistics to prove it but it is said, “Women who get regular prenatal massage deliver healthier newborns.” So, if, you are pregnant, indulge yourself in a relaxing prenatal massage. It is the much-needed therapy for yours body, mind and spirit.