Frequent massage throughout your pregnancy has a full range of benefits for both mum and bub that carry over to the postnatal period. Not only does it reduce the general discomfort that comes with pregnancy, it feels really good and allows you the opportunity to have some well deserved ‘ME’ time.
Our amazing massage therapist, Riley has compiled a few of her TOP reasons to keep up with massage throughout your pregnancy:
Recent studies have observed reductions in labour time and pain for pregnant women who received regular massage therapy during their pregnancy. They reported shorter labour time (reduced by 3 hours on average) and lower ratings of pain when compared to women who had no massage during their pregnancy.
If that isn’t reason enough then I don’t know what is 😉
If you would like to read more into this study, read the paper here.
Massage therapy improves blood and lymphatic flow around the entire body, helping to reduce swelling in the feet and legs. Improved blood flow affects both the mother and baby by improving the delivery of nutrients and removal of waste products across the entire body. This includes to the brain and muscles, which helps increase feelings of energy and alertness.
Massage therapy helps to relieve many muscular aches, pains and cramps that are common throughout pregnancy, especially through the shoulders, neck and lower back. As the pregnancy progresses and baby continues to grow, the mother’s normal centre of balance will shift, and her resting posture will change to accommodate this which can cause some pain and tension.
Additionally, pregnancy leads to increased joint laxity due to hormonal release, causing joints to feel less stable. This can lead to compensatory movements across joints and muscles that are not used to it, causing aches and stiffness as the body tries to adapt to your new weight bearing situation.
While pregnancy is often a joyous occasion, it involves many new challenges to prospective parents which may often be stressful. Pregnancy massage also improves the release and regulation of the ‘feel-good’ hormones – serotonin and dopamine – helping to relieve stress and increase all the good feelings!