Expecting mothers have a lot going on. Things are constantly changing! During pregnancy is an important time for regular massage. We all need to take better care of ourselves, but especially during pregnancy. The body is flooded with hormones and the joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles all loosen and expand to make room for baby.
Prenatal massage can help with sciatica, low back pain, swelling and overall comfort levels. It is important to make a mama to be as conformable as possible. Side-lying is key, as well as building a throne while laying face-up. A majority of the body can be addressed, while avoiding some key areas (to prevent pre-term labor).
Most prenatal massage can be beneficial during any stage of pregnancy though it’s always important to check with your doctor first before starting any new health regimen.
Postpartum massage can be equally beneficial. The body is slowly starting to reset itself. Plus, there are new stressors: holding newborns can create stress in the back and shoulders and shortened or broken sleep regimens can stress the body as well. At this time, just being able to lay on your stomach and back again can be relaxing in itself.