Pregnancy Massage is good for:
- Relaxation – helping both mother and baby
- Alleviation of discomfort / tension
- Improving circulation of blood, lymph, oxygen and nutrients. This can also mean improved digestion, which can get sluggish during pregnancy.
- Assisting the respiratory system: lung capacity decreases during pregnancy due to the growing uterus putting pressure on the diaphragm. Some ease can be brought by massaging the muscles involved in respiration such as the pectorals and intercostals, and the general relaxing effects of massage.
- Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (with doctor’s permission): massage can help to alleviate back, hip and gluteal pain caused by the pelvic joints moving against each other due to ligaments becoming overly relaxed.
During the massage, the mother lies on her side supported by pillows, as this is a safe position. Some areas are not massaged in much depth, e.g. the lower back, as the ligaments increase in laxity during pregnancy and we do not want to encourage that further with massage. The abdomen is usually avoided for the same reason (and most women do not want to be massaged on the bump anyway). Pregnancy massage is a highly relaxing experience for expectant mothers.
Contraindications (when the treatment is not advised / or when necessary to proceed with caution):
- Preeclampsia (partial failure of blood supply to the placenta)
- Liver disorders
- History of miscarriage – seek doctor’s permission
- Heart conditions and circulatory issues such as varicose veins, or signs of blood clotting related issues such as venus thrombi
- Diabetes – seek doctor’s permission