Benefits & risks of prenatal massage

What are the Benefits & Risks of Prenatal Massage?


Prenatal massage offers physiological, emotional, and psychological benefits for expectant parents. It’s different from a normal massage as it focuses on the specific needs during the dramatic changes of pregnancy. 

A registered massage therapist can tailor the technique for treatment depending on the stage of pregnancy. 

Prenatal massage is non-invasive and gentle. It can ease the discomforts of pregnancy while nurturing emotional needs and can help you prepare for labor and delivery. Pregnancy massage is safe for the baby and is effective at providing relief throughout pregnancy. 

In this blog, we’re going to see the major benefits & risks of prenatal massage. Let’s get started.

  1. Improved Sleep

Prenatal massage helps with relaxation of tensed muscles. The release of endorphins caused by massage helps you fall asleep faster and achieve deep sleep and relaxation. Hence, those who are pregnant often face difficulties in sleeping;  massage therapy can improve sleeping difficulties. 

  1. Helps with Anxiety

Prenatal massage promotes emotional and physical relaxation to help get rid of depression and anxiety. It is very common during pregnancy to feel anxious due to hormonal changes and other changes in the body. But a good massage can help release the stress hormones and provide relief.

  1. Relaxation and Stress Reduction

Prenatal massage can be beneficial for improving mood and enhancing overall well-being. As per a study, those who received prenatal massages regularly during pregnancy had reduced stress hormone levels and enhanced immune functioning. 

  1. Pain Relief

Prenatal massage can relieve discomfort in the back of the pelvic area or chest. The center of gravity changes as the abdomen increases or requires changes in posture. The change in postural conditions can cause pain in the lower back and leg joints which can become uncomfortable. A prenatal massage is the right choice to find relief from this pain.

  1. Reduced Swelling

Swelling is a common problem during pregnancy. Fluid accumulates and swelling increases as the pregnancy continues, especially on the legs, feet and ankles. Prenatal massage may help reduce this fluid accumulation by using the pressure applied to the growing uterus in the veins of the leg. 


Risks of Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage may help relieve some of the aches and pains of pregnancy. But it also has some associated risks, hence it isn’t suitable for every person. Those who have a high-risk pregnancy or pregnancy issues, such as high blood pressure, bleeding, gestational diabetes, or preeclampsia should stay away from massage or consult their doctor before going for a therapy. 

Your doctor may recommend that you avoid massage therapy during your first trimester. As the risk of miscarriage is higher during the first trimester, hence caution needs to be taken.

As a client, you must provide proper information on your health conditions, medications, allergies, family history, and other details related to pregnancy to your therapist. Also, if you feel any kind of discomfort, you must convey it freely to your therapist to avoid any risk. 


Get a massage from one of our Registered Massage Therapists 

Prenatal massage can improve overall health during pregnancy. You can incorporate pregnancy massage in your routine by taking guidance from your doctor and prenatal care provider. It can improve your maternal health significantly while offering you a relaxing experience. 

At Kaizen Health Group, we’ve registered massage therapists who are well-trained in providing prenatal massage therapy. They understand your condition properly and know how to position your pregnant body to reduce the pressure and strain on your uterine ligaments. 

Book an appointment with our therapists today! We’ll help you to experience the healing in the best way. 

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