All of the changes your body goes through while you are pregnant can mean that as well as the obvious things like an ever-growing belly and some sleepless nights, you can also find you suffer with unexplained and unusual aches and pains.
The last trimester in particular is well known for being a little uncomfortable as baby grows and your body must accommodate the rapid growth rate. It’s important to make sure that any aches you’re feeling are perfectly natural and nothing to worry about. Massage and reflexology can be a great way of easing the discomfort that growing another human being can cause!
The Best Benefits of Pregnancy Massage for Mum and Baby
If you’re suffering any of the following conditions, you may benefit from a massage or reflexology session.
A growing baby changes your posture, which can lead to lower backache and sometimes upper backache too. Massage helps to relax and loosen up tight muscles which reduces tension in your back and prevents backache.
As pregnancy progresses, you may find that your digestion slows down and you end up with complaints like constipation and heartburn. If you are stressed, it makes things even worse. Massage will help calm you and your digestive system back down, which may help to ease symptoms.
SPD or PGP
These conditions are caused by the ligaments and joints being softened, due to a hormone, called relaxin. This can lead to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which can both be very debilitating, and massage helps the symptoms by releasing oxytocin and endorphins, to help relieve the discomfort.
Pregnancy can put pressure on your sciatic nerve which leads to pain down the back of the thigh, leg and sometimes the sole of the foot. Try a gentle massage if you’re suffering from sciatica, as it can sometimes help to release the pressure on the nerve that causes the pain.
Headache and Migraine
A common pregnancy complaint, headaches are often affected by hormones and made worse by stress or tension in the head, neck and shoulder area. Massage is well known for being excellent at headache relief, and can also be a Godsend if you can’t take any painkillers.
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These are just some of the ways that pregnancy massage can benefit both you and your baby. Easing aches and pains for you and lowering stress levels which in turn helps your baby.
You must always make sure that if you are booking a pregnancy specialist and massage or reflexology is carried out by a therapist who is properly qualified.
If you are suffering from any of the following, please see a healthcare professional rather than your massage therapist: –
- Morning sickness or extreme nausea
- Heavy, bloody or watery vaginal discharge
- High blood pressure or/and pre-eclampsia
- High temperature or fever
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
- Unusual or identified pains you have not had before
- Contagious illness
Massage and reflexology is safe for anyone experiencing a healthy pregnancy and can help with common discomforts.
If you are suffering with aches and pains and are looking for some relief to help you feel better, then why not book your consultation with me today. Click here for booking information or call me on 07500 394286.