Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby – Prenatal Massage

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Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

If you’re pregnant, or have been pregnant, you have probably heard that sentence before. Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Over the course of nine months, her body makes dramatic changes, in order to bring a new life into the world. These changes, amazing as they may be, can be a quite literal pain in the backside! As a massage therapist, I know that regular massage treatments can be very efficient at caring for these aches and pains that come along with the privilege of pregnancy.

How often is a “regular massage scheduled in pregnancy?”

  • As your body adapts to the changes that come with pregnancy, aches and pains, become more frequent. So typically, I will recommend massage once a month in the beginning, and then as we get into the second trimester, twice a month, and near the end of the third trimester, once a week until baby arrives.

But between regular massage treatments, what can you do to help keep these common aches and pains at bay?

Self-Care During Pregnancy

  • Love yourself first
    • When you take care of yourself, you are taking care of that beautiful baby inside you.  Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet, do what you love, exercise. There are plenty of excellent prenatal classes out there to help you prepare for the new life you are caring for, here at Lead, we have Prenatal Pilates classes.
  • Breast Swelling/Tenderness
    • This is one of the first notable discomforts of pregnancy. The Self-Care is very simple for this one.  Take a large towel, and soak it in cold water, wring it out as much as you can, roll it lengthwise so it looks like a noodle. Lie down on your back in a comfortable position. You may want to put a pillow under your knees and head for support. Wrap the towel noodle around your breasts in a figure 8 shape. Cover up with a blanket so you don’t catch a chill. Remain here for as long as is comfortable.
  • Lower back Pain
    • While I do think massage is the best remedy for this one, in between treatments, some nice deep moist heat is an excellent way to relieve that back pain without resorting to pain medication. I like to use a heating pad, but whatever you normally use for a hot pack will work just fine!
  • Stress/Anxiety
    • Between the pregnancy books, and well-meaning friends who share their birthing stories, things can get a bit stressful. If you’re feeling especially anxious, try listening to relaxing music, and doing some deep diaphragmatic breathing. This will help to calm the nervous system, which in turn, can help to ease stress and anxiety.

Until Next Time,

-Amanda Setre, RMT

Sources: Clinical Massage Therapy by Fiona Rattray,

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