10 Reasons To Get A Pregnancy Massage And 5 Reasons To Continue And Get A Post Natal Massage

10 Reasons To Get A Pregnancy Massage And 5 Reasons To Continue And Get A Post Natal Massage

Massage therapy is a wonderful way to relax, relieve pain, and improve your well-being. But did you know that massage can also be beneficial for pregnant and postpartum women? In this blog post, we will explore how massage can help you during and after your pregnancy, and what you need to know before booking a session.

10 Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful and exciting time, but it can also bring some challenges and discomforts. Massage can help you cope with some of the common physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, such as:

5 Reasons Why You Should Get a Postnatal Massage

After giving birth, your body and mind need time and care to recover and adjust to your new role as a mother. Massage can help you with this transition, by offering the following benefits:

  • Faster recovery. Massage can help your body heal faster from the physical and emotional stress of childbirth, by reducing inflammation, promoting tissue repair, and restoring your hormonal balance. Massage can also help your uterus contract and return to its normal size, and prevent postpartum hemorrhage.
  • Reduced pain and discomfort. Massage can relieve the pain and discomfort that you may experience after giving birth, such as sore muscles, cramps, stitches, and engorgement. Massage can also help with headaches, backaches, and neck aches, which can result from breastfeeding and carrying your baby.
  • Improved mood and mental health. Massage can lift your mood and mental health, by increasing your levels of serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones, and decreasing your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. This can help you cope with the baby blues, postpartum depression, and anxiety.
  • Increased milk production. Massage can stimulate the production of prolactin, the hormone that regulates milk production. Massage can also help with breast engorgement, clogged ducts, and mastitis, by improving the blood and lymph flow in your breasts.
  • Better bonding with your baby. Massage can enhance your bonding with your baby, by increasing the levels of oxytocin, the bonding hormone, and reducing the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Massage can also help you relax and enjoy your time with your baby, and improve your confidence and self-esteem as a mother.

What You Need to Know Before Booking a Massage

Massage can be a safe and effective way to support your health and well-being during and after your pregnancy, but there are some things you need to know before booking a session:

  • Consult your doctor. Before getting a massage, you should consult your doctor or midwife, especially if you have any medical conditions or complications, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, preeclampsia, or placenta previa. Your doctor can advise you on the best time and frequency for getting a massage, and any precautions or contraindications you need to follow.
  • Choose a qualified therapist. Not all massage therapists are trained and experienced in pregnancy and postnatal massage. You should choose a therapist who has the appropriate certification and knowledge to work with pregnant and postpartum women. You can ask for recommendations from your doctor, midwife, doula, or friends, or look for online reviews and testimonials.
  • Communicate your needs and preferences. Before and during your massage, you should communicate your needs and preferences to your therapist, such as your health history, your goals, your comfort level, your pain threshold, and any areas you want to avoid or focus on. You should also give feedback to your therapist during the massage, and let them know if you feel any pain, discomfort, or nausea.
  • Find a comfortable position. Depending on your stage of pregnancy or postpartum, you may need to find a comfortable position for your massage. You may lie on your side, on your back, or on a specially designed table or cushion that can accommodate your belly and breasts. You should also use pillows, blankets, and towels to support your body and keep you warm and cozy.
  • Enjoy and relax. The most important thing is to enjoy and relax during your massage. Massage can be a wonderful way to pamper yourself, connect with your body and baby, and improve your health and happiness. So, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and let go of any worries or stress. You deserve it!
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