A touch is an effective way to convey affection and it can also be effectively used to assuage aches and pains in the body. Many people enjoy getting a massage and a massage can be especially comforting for pregnant women. Pregnancy massage can help a woman relax and can reduce the stress. It can help alleviate problems of muscle cramps, back aches and pain in other regions. Pregnancy causes weight gain in women and this can put considerable pressure on the joints. A pregnancy massage if effectively given can help in reducing this pressure or stress on the joints. It can also help in reducing the swelling in the arms and the legs.
An effective pregnancy massage can also comfort the woman and help ease the labor pain. Before opting for such a massage it is important to ensure that the person giving the massage is certified and trained to give massage to pregnant women. The appropriate training should be such that it equips the therapist regarding the anatomy and specific needs of the pregnant women.
Pregnancy massage is quite different from normal massage, the biggest difference being the person getting a massage is pregnant. Therefore while giving the massage safety of the mother and the unborn child should be given prime importance. Certain techniques like deep tissue work cannot be used in this massage.
Positioning is critical in pregnancy massage as the well being of the pregnant woman needs to be considered. Positioning is also done keeping in mind that some parts of the pregnant woman’s body should not be massaged. The massage table should be set up in a manner wherein the pregnant woman can lie in a semi reclining position. Lying on the back is not a position that is advisable for a pregnant woman.
A semi reclining position is safe and comfortable and will also allow the pregnant woman to turn from one side to the other. Padding, edge pillows and body pillows should be used to ensure that the woman gets the maximum amount of comfort. It is advisable not to use tables where a hole is cut out for the baby as this can put a lot of stress on the lower back region.
Soft music and low lighting can help the woman relax. Candles may also be used to create a relaxing atmosphere. If aromatic candles are used it should be ensured that the smell is not too pungent and discomforting for the pregnant woman. The extent of clothing worn during the massage depend the comfort level of the pregnant woman. Pregnancy massage should be avoided where the woman is at a risk of experiencing preterm labor. Likewise women who have blood clots of those who suffer from clotting disorders and other problems should avoid this massage.
Pregnancy massage in the postpartum stage can help the woman to relax and restore her body to the pre-pregnancy condition. Pregnancy and the process of delivery can cause soreness in the muscles and a pregnancy massage can relieve this soreness. The massage also helps in shrinking the uterus. A massage in case of a vaginal delivery can be given around 24 hours after the delivery but permission from the doctor is needed for the same.