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Massage During Pregnancy

Massage During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a special and transformative time for women, but it also comes with its own physical and emotional challenges. Pregnancy massage can offer a variety of benefits to help expectant mothers during this exciting time.

One of the most significant benefits of pregnancy massage is physical comfort.

As the body changes to accommodate the growing baby, expectant mothers may experience aches and pains in the back, hips, and legs. Studies have shown that massage therapy can help alleviate these symptoms by increasing circulation, reducing muscle tension and swelling, and promoting flexibility (Field, Hernandez-Reif, Diego, & Schanberg, 2005).

Another benefit of pregnancy massage is reducing stress and promoting relaxation.

Pregnancy is often a time of increased anxiety and emotional stress. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce stress hormones in the body and promote relaxation (Field, 2012). Relaxation during pregnancy can have a calming effect on both the mind and body, helping expectant mothers to feel more relaxed and at ease.

In addition, pregnancy massage may also help with sleep disturbances. Pregnant women often experience trouble sleeping due to discomfort, anxiety, and other factors. Massage therapy has been shown to improve sleep quality by reducing physical discomfort, calming the mind, and promoting relaxation (Field, 2012).

Pregnancy massage may also help to prepare the body for labour and delivery. Regular massage can help to loosen tight muscles and joints, which may make it easier for the body to adjust to the changes that occur during labour. Furthermore, massage can also promote better circulation, which may lead to a faster and more comfortable delivery (Field, 2011).

Pregnancy massage is a great way to bond with your baby. Touch is a powerful tool that can promote relaxation and create a bond between mother and baby. Massage therapy can provide a nurturing and comforting experience for expectant mothers, helping to create a strong and positive connection with their growing baby (Field, 2011).

In conclusion, pregnancy massage offers a range of benefits for expectant mothers. With the many benefits it offers, expectant mothers can enjoy a healthier and more comfortable pregnancy, while promoting overall wellness and relaxation.


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Field, T. (2011). Pregnancy and massage. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 26(1), 31–36.

Field, T. (2012). Massage therapy research review. American Journal of Perinatology, 29(1), 165–172.

Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., & Schanberg, S. (2005). Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 115(10), 1397–1413.