Your body aches. You can barely see your feet, but you are pretty sure they are swollen. Every time you sit down, you feel like you might pee on yourself. Your back is sore and your hips are cracking and popping every time you move. Not to mention, you are anxious about your upcoming birth, tired because it has been hard to sleep at night, and slightly stressed due to the rapid ebb and flow of hormones.
What can you do to make yourself feel better? How about a pregnancy massage?
The reality is that as your belly grows, the muscles in your body have to work harder to keep you upright. This (as well as other things during pregnancy) can lead to all sorts of aches and pains. One of the best solutions is to have a pregnancy massage by a certified therapist who is licensed and experienced in the art of pregnancy massage. (This also makes a GREAT shower gift if you know someone who is pregnant.)
Massage therapists who specialize in the art of pregnancy massage have massage tables that accommodate your growing belly so that you can lie down on your tummy comfortably. Additionally, many massage therapists will use a combination of massage methods to help ease the stress and tension in your body. Did you know that there are active pressure points along your spine that, when massaged, can actually help you balance hormones? And, having a pregnancy massage is also good for your baby. Remember, the more relaxed YOU are and the better YOU feel, the better your developing baby feels, as well.
Some techniques given during a prenatal massage can also help with specific troubles you may be having during pregnancy such as headaches, or nausea.
The key is finding a massage therapist who is experienced in prenatal massage. Some may even have specific licensing and specialized training in the art of prenatal massage. Chances are you can find the name and number of a prenatal massage therapist by talking to your doctor. In other words, make sure that you don’t go to just any massage therapist when you are pregnant.
It may feel indulgent. The truth is that you DESERVE to be pampered during pregnancy. Don’t have that much to spend? Another idea to take care of those sore and aching feet is to have a pedicure complete with a good foot massage. Rather than feel guilty about a pregnancy massage, realize that you are doing it for you AND your baby! The happier and healthier you are during pregnancy, the happier and healthier your baby will be as well.
Written By Stef, Mom of 4 @Momspirational
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