Many parents I have spoken with lately feel enormously stressed these days. Worries abound, sleeping is difficult and muscles ache all over. Does this sound like you, too? How about a massage? Rubbing away the knots and tension can do a body good. If you’re pregnant, be sure your massage therapist is up-to-date on your pregnancy and is aware of any special circumstances that may exist.
Pregnancy massage, or prenatal massage, usually is considered safe, but you should always talk with your health care provider first, especially if you have:
• High blood pressure
• Morning sickness
• Heavy discharge
Pregnancy massage is a technique created specially for pregnant women to deal with the side effects of pregnancy. Many pregnant women find massage comforting because it may:
• Reduce physical and emotional stress
• Ease back pain
• Reduce swelling
• Relieve headaches and muscle aches
The massage may last as long as an hour. Pressure is OK, but it should not be so intense that you feel pain. Some massage therapists tell pregnant women to lie on their sides. Others offer special pillows so women can lie on their stomachs. Sometimes you may sit in a chair. If you are sensitive to odors, you may want to ask for unscented lotions and oils. No one wants you to feel nauseous while being pampered!
Many massage parlors offer couples massage, so your partner can distress, too. And, if you’re lucky, he may learn some ways to help you with your aches at home between sessions. Relax and unwind.