Thursday, June 30, 2011
Did you know...
Prenatal massage can greatly reduce swelling and pain in your legs due to sciatic nerve pain or aches and pains in your legs and feet. It moves the lymph and water retention due to decreased circulation to the lower half of your body during pregnancy. I have had many a blossoming client find relief from their achy, swollen feet and sciatic nerve pain that they have dealt with throughout their pregnancy, especially during the third trimester.
Prenatal massage can also decrease the pain of those pesky Braxton Hicks contractions and relax your body enough to let that tension go. Massage will decrease stress, (emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and of course physically) so if your doc says that horrible phrase (bed rest) due to too much stress, this may be your answer.
Prenatal massage can significantly help with regulating your hormone levels that are linked to relaxation and stress. Women who received a massage twice a week for only five weeks had a decrease in the stress hormones such as cortisol and the happy hormones, serotonin and dopamine were increased. Because of this, there were fewer complications during labor and delivery, and also with the health of the newborn.
Prenatal massage is just wonderful, and well-deserved, when your body is constantly changing and working so hard to create life. It was the best thing I did for myself during my very complicated pregnancy, so I can say from personal experience that it helps, and makes all the difference.