Pregnancy in massage can be of enormous benefit not only to the mother but also the un-born baby. Massage during pregnancy can be a magical experience for both the receiver and the giver. It emotionally and physiologically supports a woman during a time when her is undergoing many changes and can help prepare her body for birth.
Pregnancy is a wonderful time for a woman, but with the joys of a new baby’s development comes changes to the mother’s body putting pressure on joints, ligaments and organs often causing discomfort and pain.
There is ample evidence which supports the tremendous benefits of pregnancy massage, It can help alleviate aches and pains and other common health problems associated with pregnancy. Preparing for the arrival of a new baby brings much excitement, but also plenty of stress. Massage can help to reduce stress levels due to its calming effect.
Furthermore, research shows that the baby can benefit greatly from massage as ‘feel-good’ endorphins are released by the mother during massage are passed onto the baby often the therapist will feel the baby kick and move as it too responds to the massage treatment.
Receiving regular massage whilst pregnant can make the mother more aware of her own body. This can help with the ability to relax during the 1st stage of labour often resulting in shorter and easier births, less pain and a lower rate
of postnatal complications (e.g. fewer premature births). Furthermore, it can lead to increased breastfeeding success due to the increased prolactin and mammary development.