Prenatal massage is a growing field, as training programs for massage therapists increase and old myths about massage during pregnancy fade. Among the myriad of benefits for Massage in general, Prenatal Massage can ease the aches and pains associated with increased weight, loosened ligaments, and shifts in center of gravity, help regulate those pesky hormones, and attempt to increase the quality of sleep between trips to the bathroom. There are all kinds of cushions and props that can help pregnant women relax comfortably on a massage table, no matter what their dimensions. Contrary to the old tale, massaging the feet, ankles, back, or even stomach will not cause miscarriage when done appropriately.
In fact, let's talk about how good Prenatal Massages are for your little "Nugget" or "Tadpole"! That's who we are doing all of this for anyway, right? Studies actually show massage improves blood and lymph circulation bringing oxygen and nutrients, resulting in better nourishment and increase viability for baby! Reducing mom's stress and anxiety also calms babies' heart rate and reduces his/her exposure to cortisol (stress hormone).
Of course, massage therapy, while helpful, isn't a cure-all. Massage can't stop that nosy neighbor from touching your belly every time she stops by, or cravings for hot Cheetos and root beer at 2:00 AM. But it can alleviate some of the symptoms that naturally come with growing a new human being, leaving expectant mothers more free to focus on the hope and joy that make pregnancy such a fabulous stage of life.