Prenatal massage: good for you…good for your family
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It’s common knowledge that some pregnant women can have very interesting—and not always healthy—cravings. But not all pregnancy cravings are so odd or so unhealthy; many pregnant moms-to-be find themselves craving relaxation and even a massage. Fortunately, research has shown that prenatal massage has plenty of health benefits, and not just for Mom. Here are a few ways that sticking with your massage routine (or even starting a new one) can benefit your family:
- Reduces swelling: manipulation techniques can be used to stimulate soft tissues to reduce edema (fluid retention).
- Relieves sciatic pain: This pain results from the uterus rests on the pelvic floor and lower back muscles. Massage can reduce inflammation in the nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles.
- Balances hormone levels: Massage helps regulate the hormones norepinephrine, cortisol and serotonin, which are associated with stress, relaxation, and mood.
- Keeps the baby safe: Intensity and pressure applied based on due date and comfort levels.
- Eases physical and emotional stresses. Enough said! This benefits all parties involved: mom, baby, dad, and family!
We’ve even seen massage reduce pregnancy cravings (although this isn’t proven by science yet). You wouldn’t deny your wife’s request of chili, cheese fries at midnight so make sure you support and maybe even suggest the not-so-crazy and beneficial prenatal massage appointment. Believe me, it will be a win-win situation for all!