Childbirth is a beautiful moment. The ability to bring new life into this world in one entrusted with women alone. As magical as this affair is, it is just as taxing. The process leading up to childbirth is painful and difficult. The mother goes through a stressful ordeal to carry her child to term. Therefore it is important that the mother-to-be is well taken care of.
In addition to a healthy balanced diet, stress-free environment, and a relaxed state of mind, the mother needs a lot more care. Her body is going through a painful process and needs to be nurtured and supported to make pregnancy as less exacting on her frame as possible. Prenatal massage can work wonders if considered seriously.
Prenatal massage improves bodily mobility and blood circulation. In addition to easing sore spots, it also relaxes tense muscles. Every woman’s body is different and faces varying challenges during pregnancy. The therapist can alter the treatment based on their respective needs.
Lying down on the massage table can prove to be a challenge during this time. Lying face down may hurt your tender breasts, and once your belly starts to grow, it becomes quite impossible. Lying on your back is not a good idea either as once you have crossed mid-pregnancy, your uterus becomes heavy and puts excessive pressure on the vein carrying blood to your heart from your legs. Prenatal massage therapists have special tables with hollowed out cushioned areas for your belly and breasts. If that is not available, you can lie down on your side with pillows and cushions to support your body.
Your centre of weight changes during pregnancy due to the redistribution of weight. This puts an uneven load on your shoulders, back, abdomen and legs. Massage can help ease that pain and provide relief. It also serves as an effective stress buster. The technique induces the release of endorphins in the bloodstream of the mother and infuses a feel good element into her being.
Make sure to hire a professional prenatal massage therapist. One well versed with treating pregnant women and experienced in the kind of problems they face. Get recommendations from your doctor or health practitioner. This is essential to ensure that no harm is caused due to wrong technique of the therapist and maximum benefit is sought from the practice.
An hour long session may cost you anywhere between $50 to $150. Your health insurance may cover it if your doctor prescribes massage for a chronic backache caused by the pregnancy. If the massage treatment is too expensive for you to indulge in, ask your partner to ease your sore spots with a few gentle strokes. A home massage can also work out well for you.
Make sure to not indulge in hot wrap treatments like saunas and hot tubs. The overheating can cause problems for you and the baby.
Prenatal massage can be very therapeutic if taken the necessary precautions.