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Prenatal massages benefit both the mom and the baby. They are also recommended by doctors who say it makes childbirth easier. Here are some other reasons why you should get a prenatal massage.
As a soon-to-be mother, you will definitely feel tense or stressed with all the mental stress and physical pain that you have to go through.
But for every trouble, there is a solution. And the solution for mothers is to get prenatal massage. During pregnancy, you should not feel any different about massages as they can help to make both your body and mind feel amazing. But what exactly do prenatal massages entail and how do they differ from regular massages?
Prenatal massages are similar to regular massages; however, they are adapted to the anatomical changes experienced by a woman during pregnancy. At a typical 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 to pregnant women, the prenatal massage therapists will have special cushions and pillows prepared to allow the pregnant woman to lie down in a safe and comfortable position while she receives her massage.
At 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 may lead to blood clots in pregnant woman and can make their way to their brain or heart, endangering themselves and their baby. Prenatal massages are much gentler and provide relief without putting the mother or her child 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, who 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.
There are many prenatal massage therapists in Singapore that do house visits. However, if you want to save some money, your partner can give you a massage. 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:
Here are some reasons why you should consider getting a prenatal massage today:
There are several other benefits that can be reaped from getting regular prenatal massages. All you have to do is try it for yourself to find out what they are.