All of the changes your body goes through while you are pregnant can mean that as well as the obvious things like an ever-growing belly and some sleepless nights, you can also find you suffer with aches, pains, and swelling. Once you check with your healthcare provider and know that anything you’re feeling is perfectly natural and nothing to worry about, massage can be a great way of easing the discomfort that accompanies pregnancy.
Massage is safe for all stages of pregnancy, but not all types of massages are suitable for pregnant women. Some aromatherapy oils should be avoided during pregnancy. Deep pressure and stretching should be used with caution, as the hormones released during pregnancy causes increased mobility in the joints, which can lead to injury. During second and third trimesters, a pregnant woman will be in a side-lying position for a majority of the massage.
If you’re working through any of the following conditions, you might benefit from a massage:
Backache- A growing baby changes your posture, which can lead to lower backache and sometimes upper backache too. Massage helps to relax and loosen up tight muscles which reduces tension in your back and prevents backache.
Heartburn- As pregnancy progresses, you may find that your digestion slows down and you end up with complaints like constipation and heartburn. If you are stressed, it makes things even worse. Massage will help calm you and your digestive system, which may help to ease symptoms.
SPD or PGP- These conditions are caused by the ligaments and joints being softened, due to a hormone, called relaxin. This can lead to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which can both be very debilitating, and massage helps the symptoms by releasing oxytocin and endorphins, to help relieve the discomfort.
Sciatica- Pregnancy can put pressure on your sciatic nerve which leads to pain down the back of the thigh, leg and sometimes the sole of the foot. Massage can sometimes help to release the pressure on the nerve that causes the pain.
Headache and Migraine- A common pregnancy complaint, headaches are often affected by hormones and made worse by stress or tension in the head, neck and shoulder area. Massage is well known for being excellent at headache relief, and is a great alternative if you can’t take any painkillers.
Although massage is safe for anyone experiencing a healthy pregnancy, you should see your healthcare provider, not a massage therapist, if you are experiencing extreme nausea, bloody or watery vaginal discharge, high blood pressure, diabetes, fever, abdominal pain or cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, illness, or any new or unusual pains.
Northern Lights Massage offers a 60 minute prenatal massage, or a 45 minute Northern Lights Foot Treatment, which are both fantastic treatments during your pregnancy. Come spend some quality time on our massage table to ease those pregnancy pains.