What is Prenatal Massage?

Guest Blog By Certified Massage Therapist and Founder of Rebirth Massage: Joanna Yanez

Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage ­– to release tension in tight muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation, reduce swelling, increase mobility and relax the mind.

Prenatal massage should be tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. It is important to find a Certified Massage Therapist for prenatal massage.

How do you lie on the table?

Most women are comfortable with a side lying set up, utilizing pillows for comfort. You can also utilize a face down cushion with a special belly pillow for mamas just dying to lay face down during pregnancy.

Most women find it uncomfortable to lie face down right from the start of pregnancy because of their tender, swollen breasts. Obviously, you can't lie face down on a traditional massage table once your belly has started to grow and it's not a good idea to lie flat on your back for too long either, particularly once you're past mid-pregnancy, because the weight of your uterus puts too much pressure on the vein that returns blood from your legs to your heart.

How can prenatal massage help me?

Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your body especially low back, glutes and legs. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that, the extra weight you're carrying and you may find yourself VERY uncomfortable or in a lot of pain!

Common areas treated with massage:

  • Low back pain

  • Sciatic pain (pain in glutes that often radiates down the leg)

  • Mid bra strap area pain (from heavy breasts)

  • Rib cage pain during pregnancy

  • Swollen legs, ankles and feet

  • Pregnancy related carpel tunnel

  • Hip pain (common while sleeping)

  • Fatigue

  • Stress reduction

  • Tailbone pain during pregnancy

  • Preparing the body for labor

How often can I get a prenatal massage?

We recommend asking your doctor if you have pregnancy complications. Generally, in a healthy pregnancy it is beneficial to have massage during pregnancy up to once a week. This will also depend on your daily activities and how much pain you are in.

Prenatal massage is truly beneficial in reducing aches and pains, promoting a blissful pregnancy, healthy for baby and preparing your body for labor. Find out more about the benefits, results and success stories by visiting the Rebirth website and social media.

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