Pregnancy is an exciting time for a mom-to-be. There are so many changes happening to her body as the baby grows. But while this is such an exciting time, the new mom might feel overwhelmed with the anticipation of meeting their baby! It is important that pregnant women have a chance to relax, which can help her not only feel better physically but also emotionally. One great way to relax during pregnancy is through massage therapy, specifically pregnancy massage (also known as prenatal massage). Prenatal massages have been known to reduce stress hormone levels and promote blood flow in the mother’s body as well as provide relief from some common discomforts associated with this stage of pregnancy such as back pain or headaches. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the many benefits of pregnancy massage.
Improved Sleep Quality
Prenatal massage can help pregnant women sleep better by increasing the production of serotonin and melatonin. This leads to improved moods, reduction in anxiety levels as well as an increased sense of calmness for both mom-to-be and baby!
Lowers Stress and Anxiety
A prenatal massage can help to reduce stress and anxiety. It does this by reducing cortisol levels in the blood, which is a hormone responsible for regulating your nervous system. As we continue to progress through pregnancy, it becomes important that our hormones are functioning properly so as not to hinder baby’s development or put him or her at risk of developing health problems. Instead, this lets her experience good hormones that have been known to improve mood, vitality, and immunity.
Reduced Swelling of the Joints
Another benefit of pregnancy massage is that it may help to reduce swelling in the joints, which can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. It does this by increasing circulation throughout the body in general as well as specifically through the womb area. The increased blood flow carries away waste products and reduces inflammation.
Experience Less Muscle Pain and Cramps
Prenatal massage may also help with muscle pain and cramps, which can be caused by hormonal changes and muscular tension. With less muscle pain and cramps, the mom-to-be can go through pregnancy more comfortably and be able to sleep better at night.
Reduces Nerve Pain
Sciatic nerve pain is often experienced in the late stages of pregnancy. This is because the uterus rests on the muscles in the lower back and pelvic floor. Because of this, the pressure extends tension to the upper and lower leg muscles which results in swelling in these areas. Through massage, women can experience less sciatic nerve pain, allowing for a more comfortable pregnancy.
Lowers Risk for Premature Birth
Studies have shown that pregnant mothers who regularly received prenatal massage therapy were less likely to encounter a premature birth as compared to women who did not get a massage throughout their pregnancy.
Reduces Baby’s Stress Hormones
Did you know that prenatal massage also has direct benefits to the baby in addition to the mother? One of these is the reduction of the baby’s stress hormones through massage. Research has shown that massage plays a vital factor in reducing the baby’s cortisol levels even if they are still inside their mother’s womb. Because of this, it is safe to say that mothers aren’t the only ones who receive the health benefits of pregnancy massage.
Makes a Great Gift
Pregnancy massage makes an excellent gift for a mother-to-be. Consider getting a gift card to receive a massage at any stage of her pregnancy. She will appreciate the thoughtfulness behind the gift!
Schedule a Prenatal Massage at Qi Massage & Natural Healing Spa
At Qi Massage & Natural Healing Spa, we are open by appointment and taking all necessary precautions for our staff and clients during COVID-19. Masks, temperature checks, and sanitizing of hands is required, so you can feel safe at our location. Call today to schedule an appointment or order a gift card online for the mother-to-be in your life!