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Massage during pregnancy: benefits, risks and recommendations

Massage during pregnancy: yes or no?

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in life; however, mothers face changes and demands on both a physical and emotional level. For about nine months, the physical changes and discomfort during pregnancy are a real challenge. Therefore, the answer is YES; you can get a massage during pregnancy to alleviate all these problems, but make sure you go to a professional therapist for a “pregnancy massage”. According to American Pregnancy Association massage during pregnancy is a safe therapy that can help reduce pain and discomfort, relieve emotional stress and depression, and improve the course of labor.

Problems and discomfort in pregnancy

Although the main physical change is in the abdomen, it affects many other parts of the body. For example, the back, pelvic and hip pain that the growing belly puts a strain on increases daily. In pregnancy, the feet and legs are also very stressed. Carrying more weight with a growing baby can lead to very tired lower legs and muscle cramps in the legs, or even blood clots. In addition to specific physical pains, the digestive system and blood circulation are also disrupted in pregnant women, not to mention the emotional rollercoaster that includes fatigue, mood swings and insomnia.

What is prenatal massage?

Pregnancy or prenatal massage is a gentle pampering massage that can be performed daily or weekly at any time during pregnancy, but is not recommended in the first trimester. This massage is similar to relaxing oil massage however, it uses more gentle pressure and avoids certain parts of the body, such as the abdomen.

Massage during pregnancy can bring a number of benefits to both the pregnant woman and the baby. However, there are also some potential risks and concerns to consider. Women who are at risk of premature birth, have high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia, or suffer from certain medical conditions should consult their doctor before undergoing pregnancy massage.

One of the main reasons why pregnant women should only undergo massage from a qualified and experienced therapist is the fact that some pressure points and massage techniques can potentially trigger contractions or cause other complications in pregnancy. See professional and safe pregnancy massage at Eden’s Garden.

You can expect us to give you a professional therapist massage parts of your body, especially your lower back and legs, using only gentle pressure. It avoids the abdominal area while taking care of other areas, such as the delicate head massage which can bring comfort to the mother and benefit the baby. Comfort and care are top priority in this massage, with optimal support including aromatherapy, relaxing oils and a supported bed. This massage will provide you with a pleasant moment until the time of delivery, which will also bring you all the necessary emotional support.

Differences between pregnancy and prenatal massage

Prenatal massage is a broad term that includes all types of massage performed during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage, on the other hand, is a specific type of prenatal massage that is tailored to the specific needs of the mother-to-be.

How can prenatal massage help?

Prenatal massage can offer a number of benefits to pregnant women and baby, including reducing stress and anxiety, relieving muscle tension and discomfort, and promoting better sleep. Here are some of the ways pregnancy massage can help:

  • Relieves muscle tension and discomfort: in muscles and joints, especially in the back and feet (including nerve connections).
  • Reduces stress and anxiety and promotes better sleep: a pampering pregnancy massage promotes the production of the happiness hormone, dopamine and serotonin for better relaxation.
  • Improves circulation: this massage can help increase blood flow and circulation throughout the body, thereby reducing swelling and edema (swelling of the legs or feet) and promoting better overall health.
  • Prepares the body for labour: massage can help prepare the body for labour by increasing flexibility and range of movement and helping to release tension in the muscles of the pelvis and lower back.

Pregnancy massage should be included as a supportive therapy during pregnancy to help both the mother and their young children.

Where can you get a pregnancy massage?

You can enjoy a pregnancy massage at all our branches Eden’s Garden. I hope you will enjoy our pregnancy massages and will come back to us regularly. Remember that it is important to have a pregnancy massage regularly, it is the only way to feel better and be ready for the big day.


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A pregnant woman enjoys a relaxing massage during pregnancy in a professional massage studio.


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