It’s no secret that pregnancy can be uncomfortable. Below, we’ll outline how a prenatal massage could help your symptoms!

Common complaints during pregnancy include achy shoulders, sore feet, low-back pain, mid-back pain, tingling in the hands, headaches, trouble getting to sleep as you can’t get comfortable and so on. 

The aches of pregnancy are often overlooked; however, when you’re dealing with them daily, they can make even everyday small tasks feel nearly impossible. If you’ve had enough of the prenatal aches and pains, schedule yourself a prenatal massage in Winnipeg that could offer you some relief. You are worth it! After all, moms, you can’t pour from an empty cup; it’s so important to take care of YOU.

Prenatal massages target those typical areas that cause the primary aches and pains of pregnancy. This includes the lower back, the mid-back, the calves, the feet, and even the abdomen. Women can receive typical massages during their first trimester. In the second and third trimester, however, pregnant women should receive specific prenatal massages. The therapists at Fit4Life have a unique pregnancy bolster or cushion that is exceptionally comfortable. It has spaces for your face, hands, chest, and growing belly, which allows you to lay on your stomach comfortably. You are also getting decompression of your lower back at the same time as your massage by gravity pulling your little one gently and slightly away from your spine. Another option is to lay on your side supported by pillows if you’d rather not lay face down.

Ideally, a prenatal massage treatment should leave you feeling less sore and stiff and relieve pressure on your problematic areas while offering gentle relaxation. 

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage has several other benefits in addition to decreasing pain. Studies demonstrate that these other benefits include improving depression & anxiety/mood, reducing swelling in legs, and promoting better relaxation and quality of sleep.

Reduced swelling

Swelling of the legs and feet is another common symptom of pregnancy. Studies have shown that prenatal massage therapy can reduce the fluid build-up that causes this type of swelling.

Improved symptoms of anxiety, depression, and postpartum depression

Studies have shown that women who attended regular prenatal massage therapy treatments during their pregnancy not only reported decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety in the prenatal period but also had reduced rates of postpartum depression.

Improved Sleep 

Massage therapy releases endorphins, which are natural hormones that provide feelings of well-being and pain relief. These endorphins calm your nervous system, helping you to feel more relaxed and improving your sleep. 

Additionally, regular massage in pregnancy has been shown to decrease pain in labour and shorten labour by up to three hours.

Risks of Prenatal Massage

In nearly all cases, prenatal massage therapy is safe and incredibly beneficial. However, there can be some risks if you don’t have an experienced/qualified registered massage therapist or aren’t sure about your medical history. Below are some guidelines to follow: