Numerous research studies have revealed the amazing health benefits of massage. From alleviation of rheumatoid arthritis pain to decreasing depression and anxiety in cancer patients, massage has a unique way of balancing the body and mind.
Massage also has significant, lasting benefits for both Mother and Child during and after pregnancy. Let’s take a look at some prenatal benefits of massage therapy.
Prenatal depression is common among pregnant women due to drastic changes in hormone levels during pregnancy. Even when depression isn’t diagnosed, mood swings and anxiety will most likely periodically occur throughout pregnancy.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, just five weeks of massage during pregnancy decreases hormones associated with stress, as well as increases happy or antidepressant hormones.
Prenatal massage therapy has been shown to increase the gestational time that babies spend in the womb, which greatly reduces the risk of premature births.
Along with later birth dates, prenatal massage has been linked to greater birth weights. The healthier Mom is, the healthier baby is, for overall healthier babies with massage therapy.
From nerve pains and periodic cramps to intense swelling of the joints and muscles, pregnancy comes with a lot of body aches and pains. Reduced circulation is the primary cause of most normal pregnancy pains. Lower circulation also corresponds to the collection of fluids that occurs during pregnancy, which is the cause of prenatal swelling, as well as potential heart problems.
Due to the discomfort of being heavier, many women find it very difficult to maintain their regular exercise routines. One of the key benefits of massage is that it increases circulation and reduces fluid build-up in soft muscle tissue, sort of like giving your muscles a stretch and a workout at the same time, all in the most relaxing way possible!
If you are currently pregnant and considering massage, schedule an appointment today to begin your journey of a less stressful, healthier prenatal experience.