Prenatal Massage... Yes or No?
While your pregnancy is sure to be one of the most magical experiences of your life, there is no
denying the discomfort you will face from time to time.
For many years people have been divided on the benefits and potential drawbacks of prenatal
massage. Despite what some people believe, studies indicate that massage therapy during
pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and
joint pains, as well as improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy is safe
throughout the entire pregnancy.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage:
- Increased hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered,
leading to mood regulation.
- Improved cardiovascular health.
- Reduction of swelling. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in
- Relief of nerve pain.
Precautions for prenatal massage:
It is important to seek care from a Certified prenatal massage therapist. They are trained to
address specific pregnancy needs and sensitive areas of the body.
The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along
with the guidance of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine
prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy
outcome and maternal health.