Why Expecting Mothers Should Get a Prenatal Massage
If you’re a fan of massages, you already know that they have numerous positive benefits to your overall physical and mental health. But did you know massages are completely beneficial (and completely awesome) when you’re expecting?
Being pregnant isn’t a whole lotta fun sometimes—even more of a reason to treat yourself to regular prenatal massages at any Ella Bliss location. This is no regular massage. Our therapists receive special training on how to deliver a gentle, relaxing yet therapeutic experience that will help you forget all about those swollen ankles for a while. We’ll position your body for ultimate comfort for mom and baby, and work directly with you to understand your body’s unique needs and concerns.
It’s Generally Safe (but ask your doc first)
The American Pregnancy Association (APA) sings the praises of prenatal massages for mothers and notes that it’s generally safe at any time in the pregnancy—although it can trigger dizziness or nausea during the early months – because of this Ella Bliss only offers prenatal massages after the first trimester. As with anything, you’ll want to talk to your doctor first to make sure you don’t have any particular risk factors, but for most women, it’s a green light to Relaxation Town.
Overall, studies have found that prenatal massage can relieve a number of physical and emotional discomforts. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes.
We don’t have to tell you how crazy hormones can get during pregnancy. But regular prenatal massages can reduce norepinephrine and cortisol (hormones that cause stress) while boosting dopamine and serotonin (hormones that help you feel good). This can help mitigate depression and anxiety for mom, which is better for baby. And, some studies have shown that these hormone changes may result in fewer newborn complications.
Legs. Ankles. Feet. Hands. Suddenly, you remind yourself of a marshmallow, thanks to edema. Prenatal massages work your lymphatic system, increasing circulation, stimulating soft tissue and reducing the fluid collecting around your joints.
Carrying around all the extra weight can cause pain in your legs, feet and back. Much like traditional massage, prenatal massage targets these area, easing your discomfort. As the big day gets closer, it’s common for moms to experience sciatic nerve pain as the uterus positions itself for birth—yet another problem prenatal massage can help address.
Book Your Appointment(s)
When it comes to prenatal massage, many doctors support regular treatments to maximize the positive effects. If you don’t already have a Ella Bliss membership, this is a great opportunity to join and get member pricing throughout your pregnancy (and for a little post-partum me-time). If you’re already a member, book your preferred time and day and let this be best part of your day!
The Perfect Gift for Moms
Know someone who is expecting? Purchase a gift card for that special mom-to-be and give her the gift of Ella Bliss! Gift cards are valid for prenatal massages at any of our spas in Denver, Greenwood Village and Highlands Ranch.