When you’re looking for relief from sore muscles and swollen joints during pregnancy, massage is a great answer! There are plenty of reasons why you should add massage to your daily life, whether it is a quick rub from your partner or a prenatal massage from a licensed professional. Not only will it relax your muscles and feel amazing, but it also comes with plenty of health benefits. As a busy mom of 6 and a long-time San Diego maternity and newborn photographer, I say you absolutely deserve help from a San Diego prenatal massage specialist!
Need some extra convincing? Here are the top 10 reasons you shouldn’t hesitate to book a San Diego prenatal massage appointment…or 5!
The number one reason pregnant women choose massage is to gain relief from constant back pain. This type of pain is one of the most common pregnancy complaints. The tender areas can range from upper, middle, and lower back. Women can suffer from very early on in pregnancy to well after delivery.
In early pregnancy, back pain can result from shifting hormones. As your pregnancy progresses it can be caused by muscles straining to keep up with extra weight gain and a changing body structure. Massage can soothe away these symptoms and give relief to tight back muscles.
Receiving regular prenatal massage regulates some hormones and relaxes the central nervous system. It decreases the stress hormone, cortisol, and it increases both serotonin and dopamine. This helps us to manage pain and feel pleasure and a sense of relief. Together these hormone shifts provide an overall sense of well-being and relaxation. What person doesn’t crave that, pregnant or not?
No matter how excited an expecting mother is about the sweet baby on board, pregnancy can still be a very stressful time. There are plenty of shifting hormones and an always-changing body image. Add in the everyday life stressors and you can get hit with major energy depletion. Being able to zone out in the massage room a couple of times a month brings stress levels down and builds energy reserves back up.
Lowering stress may also be as important for mothers as it is for baby. Studies show that women with higher stress levels are more likely to birth their babies prematurely or to have babies that are underweight.
A nice prenatal massage can help to dramatically decrease swelling. Swelling is caused by pooling blood and body fluids, and is extremely common in later pregnancy. Most often it can be seen in the lower extremities in the third trimester, but some women see it much earlier.
Women who receive regular massage during pregnancy have less chance of suffering from swelling. Even light pressure massage helps redistribute bodily fluids and keeps them from pooling in the lower legs. Don’t hesitate to add on the extra-long leg massage when you get a pedicure too!
Having good circulation is super important during pregnancy. Your body’s blood volume increases dramatically during these 9 months. Massage techniques physically move blood through the body and prevent it from pooling. If blood is allowed to pool it can cause blood clots. The risk of clots is around 5 times higher during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. Booking a regular massage will help dramatically!
Many women struggle with getting a decent amount of sleep during pregnancy. Early on rushing hormones can cause insomnia. While later, women struggle to sleep because of discomfort with their growing abdomen, leg cramps, back pain, getting up to pee 800 times and much more.
Like I previously mentioned above in regards to relaxation, massage helps the body to increase serotonin levels. The increase in serotonin leads to better sleep. Improved relaxation and decreased pain also contribute to a better ability to sleep at night.
Prenatal Massage can help you have an easier delivery, not only because it can reduce your overall stress level but also because of how well it can keep your muscles toned and relaxed in advance of the start of labor. Studies show that women reportedly had shorter hospital stays, shorter labors and less incidence of post-natal depression when receiving massages.
This is my own advice honestly, but you are growing a human being in your body. You are a rock star! Treat yourself mama!
If you are looking for an amazing place for a top-notch San Diego prenatal massage, look no further than Rebirth Massage! Rebirth offers an wonderful array of fantastic services such as prenatal massage, abdominal therapy, yoni steam baths, and even a massage club! Head over to their website for the ultimate San Diego prenatal massage experience!
For an extra special treat, don’t forget to schedule your maternity and newborn photography session with me! Reach out through my website to schedule the perfect time to document this amazing time in your family’s life!