The All-Natural Pick-Me-Up all Moms-To-Be Need
November 04, 2015posted by Massage Heights
While pregnancy can be one of the most joyous times in a woman’s life, sometimes not-so-joyous symptoms can make it rather uncomfortable. For some women, dealing with fatigue, nerve pain, swelling, and backaches can make nine months seem like forever. See the surprising way to perk up, naturally.
Understanding the Benefits of Prenatal Massage. As studies on the benefits of prenatal massage therapy continue to grow, more and more expecting mothers are incorporating massage into their prenatal healthcare routine. Therapeutic massage during pregnancy can help provide a healthy, all natural way to reduce stress and promote prenatal wellness. According to the American Pregnancy Association, "the benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement shown to improve pregnancy outcome and maternal health."
Understanding the benefits of prenatal therapeutic massage can help expecting mothers with a multitude of pregnancy related discomforts. From the emotional aspects that often leave expecting mothers tired and stressed, to the physical side effects that make it difficult to feel good, prenatal massage can be a source of comfort during pregnancy – and even lead to an easier labor.
Regulate hormone levels naturally. Research shows that when expecting mothers utilize prenatal massage as part of their prenatal care, their hormone levels are significantly altered. This leads to mood elevation and cardiovascular health. The hormones directly associated to stress (norepinephrine and cortisol) are reduced through massage therapy offering moms-to-be a way to combat these ailments naturally. Additionally, dopamine and serotonin, the body’s feel-good hormones, are significantly increased – leaving mom-to-be relaxed and ready to take on the day.
Swelling is relieved. Expecting mothers commonly suffer from edema, especially during their second and third trimesters. Swelling of the joints often results from increased pressure on major blood vessels from the weight of the uterus. Moreover, circulation is reduced due to swelling as well. Adding therapeutic massage can stimulate circulation in the soft tissue and reduce fluid retention in edema.
Reduce sciatic nerve pain. Sciatic nerve pain is one of the most painful issues expectant mothers experience during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the expanding uterus pushes on the pelvic area and lower back. This added pressure on the upper and lower leg can make the last trimester very painful. Massage therapy can offer expecting mothers relief from sciatic pain by focusing on the inflamed nerves and relieving tension.
Relief from headaches. Frequent headaches are common during pregnancy due to changing hormones, fatigue and blood sugar swings. Prenatal massage increases circulation and improves oxygen flow to muscles, which can soothe these headaches naturally—without the harmful effects of some medications. With muscles free of tension, you will soon feel revived and headache free.
Pregnancy can be hard on the body. Using natural remedies like massage can not only help keep symptoms at bay during pregnancy, but can also “reduce pain during labor, reduce the length of labor and reduce the incidence of post-partum depression,” says Prenatal Massage expert, Priscilla Brickey, RMT. Always remember to let your doctor know which symptoms you experience so she/he can watch for any serious conditions.
Massage Heights Kansas City is dedicated to improving the wellness of expecting mothers. Let our experienced and highly trained prenatal massage therapists help you feel your best through all the stages of your pregnancy. To start feeling better today, request a reservation at the Massage Heights Retreat location nearest to you.