Pregnancy and trying to conceive can be a very stressful time. Most physicians will recommend prenatal massages for women who are stressed and need to relax. Stiff and tense muscles can be alleviated by the use of a therapist trained in prenatal massage.
The treatment is simple and effective relieving backaches, headaches, edema, and other problems associated with being pregnant. Professionally trained therapists recognize all the benefits that are associated with prenatal massage therapy. During pregnancy, back pain is the most common complaint with women. Message therapy can help to relieve the pain, and possibly prevent more episodes. Common complaints with the legs are edema cramps and swelling. Promotion of more restful sleep, also possibly preventing insomnia during pregnancy, is a great reason to at least consider massage therapy for one treatment.
Not only does massage therapy while pregnant benefit the mother, but abdomen massages can assist the baby in relaxing also. This could cause the contraction to be more intense and productive duringlabor and delivery.
It is important when considering prenatal massage therapy, to consult therapist that are qualified professionals. It is important that they be specially trained to treat pregnant women. There are many pressure points on the body, some of which could possibly trigger a contraction. After about 18 weeks, it is not recommended to lie on the back for an extended period of time. Since a session could last an hour, most therapists will ask you to lie on your side.
Some therapists choose to use aromatherapy oils during massage treatments. Several oils are known to be safe for use during prenatal treatments, with others being non-advisable. Most women will not use oils because of the scents for at least the first three months of pregnancy. If the fragrance is bothersome, the therapist will understand. For a list of safe to use aromatherapy oils, contact your massage therapist or physician.
For the most part, a trained massage therapist will know the entire list of dos and don'ts for a very pleasurable experience. There should be no pain as the session should be relaxing and refreshing.