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As a pregnant mom, you may feel like you are not spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a physical therapy that particularly suits your condition. You are not wrong and we totally understand that. A lot of treatments are meant for postnatal moms and the whole concept of those treatments mainly revolves around the idea of getting you back to your pre-pregnancy self.
In truth, there can be as many issues – if not more – when you are pregnant as when you have already given birth. Plus, no two moms experience pregnancies with 100% similarities. You have your issues, and others have theirs. Just because others do not experience as many difficulties during pregnancy as you do, it doesn’t mean that what you experience is invalid or abnormal. They most certainly are normal, and so is taking care of them.
For many soon-to-be moms, opting for prenatal massage as a part of their prenatal care routine is one of the best options. Considering you are here right now, we believe you are also thinking of taking the same step. Of course, we have your back (figuratively and literally) in that matter! You should engage a treatment that your body is comfortable with, and massage is undoubtedly an excellent option.
Prenatal Massage: For You And Your Baby
You may not be aware of this, but a prenatal actually massage benefits both you AND your growing fetus/baby. One of the main effects of prenatal massage is improving circulations all over your body, hence easing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your baby. Not to mention, prenatal massage is recommended by a number of doctors who also claim that it makes childbirth easier.
As a soon-to-be mother, you will definitely feel tense or stressed with all the mental stress and physical discomforts that you have to go through. Keep holding on, for there is a solution for every trouble! And the solution for mothers is to get a prenatal massage. What exactly do prenatal massages entail and how do they differ from regular massages? Let’s find out below!
Prenatal massages are similar to regular massages; however, they are adapted to the anatomical changes experienced by a woman during pregnancy. In a regular massage, clients usually lay down on their stomachs for half the time and on their backs for the other half. This would not work for a pregnant woman as putting pressure on her stomach like that will disrupt the blood flow that goes to her baby and will leave her feeling pretty nauseous.
To accommodate your condition when you are pregnant, the prenatal massage therapists will have special cushions and pillows prepared to allow you to lie down in a safe and comfortable position as you receive the massage.
In a regular massage, you can expect the therapist to apply pressure to your arms and legs to manipulate the deeper layers of muscle and soft tissues in the body. However, this technique, also known as deep tissue technique, is not recommended for a pregnant mom. It may lead to blood clots which can make their way to her brain or heart, endangering herself and her baby. Prenatal massages are much gentler and provide relief without putting you and the baby you carry at risk.
The first thing you should do is ask your doctor whether or not you can get a prenatal massage. Mothers with diabetes, preeclampsia, high blood pressure, fevers, abdominal pain, abdominal bleeding, morning sickness or a contagious virus should avoid prenatal massages.
If you are given the go-ahead, it is advised that you wait until after your first trimester as prenatal massages are known to cause dizziness and induce morning sickness in women during the first three months of their pregnancy.
Find a licensed professional with great reviews, whom you are comfortable with to perform your prenatal massage during your second trimester. Ensure that you do not lie on your stomach as this can create circulation problems. Also, make sure to not apply any unnecessary pain or pressure to your heel or anklebone as this can trigger contractions. Your abdominal area is also a no go. If your massage therapist does this, communicate your concerns or stop the massage immediately.
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Can you get a prenatal massage at home?
Sure you can! If you just need some light pressure on parts that are not exactly sensitive for a pregnant mom, you can have your partner gently press them to relieve the tense muscles. This should be done at your own risk and extra care and caution should be taken. Here are a few tips on how your partner can give you a prenatal massage at home:
- Do not massage the belly area. Simply rub it with Vitamin E oil to soothe and prevent stretch marks
- Use lotion to glide hands up and down the back to provide comfort and relief using the thumbs or the base of the hand
- Use the base or the hand or the pads of the fingertips to gently massage the shoulders
- Apply gentle pressure to the scalp area in a circular motion. You may also massage from the neck area up to the scalp to provide relief
- Rub the feet gently from the toes to the ankles and the hands to rotate them in a small circular motion. Avoid the ankle bones and heels as too much direct pressure can trigger contractions
On the other hand, if you feel like your discomforts are more severe than normal, then having your unqualified partner or family member might not be the best idea. Instead, what you need is a professional massage, performed by a masseuse who is certified to perform a prenatal massage. There are many prenatal massage therapists in Singapore that do house visits.
The procedure and techniques of a professional prenatal massage therapist differ greatly from other people. They know which areas to target, and most importantly they are familiar with the issues that you face and the kind of things to be alert about.
Benefits of a prenatal massage
While the benefits are abundant, there are possibly more that you do not know about. On that note, here are other reasons for why you should book that prenatal massage soon!
- It greatly reduces the amount of stress in your body. Through the massage, your body releases hormones called endorphins which help to promote happiness and relaxation while loosening the muscles and balancing out other hormones.
- Blood flow in the body increases, helping to boost the lymphatic system thereby flushing out toxins.
- It is great for mental health as massage reduces depression and anxiety, helping to make you feel more grounded throughout your pregnancy.
- It relieves aches and pains and also reduces the swelling of your hands and feet.
So? Ready to be pampered in your relaxing session of prenatal massage? Just reach us at PNSG to find out more. We have a team of over 70 WSQ-certified massage therapists who can tackle your problems once and for all!