The Many Benefits of Pre-Natal Massage

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Tom Dunn

If you're expecting a child, or you know someone who is, you should know how beneficial pre-natal massage can be, for both mother and baby. Not only will massage help during pregnancy, but also during the birth process itself. Once you understand just how massage can help you during these often stressful months, you will want to make pre-natal massage a regular part of preparing for your baby's arrival.

First and foremost among massage's many benefits are increased relaxation and reduction of both stress and pain. Massage helps reduce swelling in your hands, feet, and ankles, all common occurrences during pregnancy. Massage also lessens sciatic pain, and eases muscular discomforts in areas like the low back, neck, and calf muscles. In addition, you'll notice reduced tension and tightness throughout your body.

Pre-natal massage can help you tone loose muscles and help increase your flexibility. All of this can also lead to a marked decrease in insomnia, something women often suffer from during pregnancy. Furthermore, because massage increases both blood and lymphatic flow, it can speed up the elimination of toxins from your body, reducing fatigue and benefiting both you and your baby.

Tests have revealed that the levels of oxygen in the blood can be increased by up to 10 to 15 percent following a massage, and that circulation is greatly improved at the same time. Increased circulation and more oxygen in your blood combine to help you feel energized, and boost your and your baby's immune systems, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to both of you. This also leads to stimulated release of endorphins into your brain and nervous system. Endorphins are the body's natural pain killers, and also help relieve anxiety and depression.

As if these benefits weren't enough, massage can be used during the birth itself, as well as shortly afterward, helping to make the entire experience easier, more relaxing, and more comfortable. Many new mothers report experiencing significantly reduced stress levels when they receive therapeutic massage during or immediately following the birth of their child.

No matter what stage of pregnancy you are in, you will find that massage can help you feel better, and help make your pregnancy less stressful for both you and your baby. Why not call a licensed massage therapist today? You'll be very glad you did!

Thanks to Darcy Wolfe at for her assistance with this article.

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