There might be nothing literally more beneficial to a pregnant woman than the relaxing benefits of a massage during the third trimester when time seems to stop, and the body is pushed to its extreme limits for what seems like eternity. Of the four babyshowers I have had, do you know what the best gift was that I received? A gift certificate for a pregnancy massage! Yes, I was extremely grateful for all the love that was poured into those baby’s gifts, but that trip to the massage spa was definitely my all time favorite.
Taking a mini spa vacation when you are pregnant is actually a really great time to enjoy all pampering services that are offered. It may just be a long time before you are again able to break away for some much needed alone time, so you might as well take it while you can!
Benefits of Body Massage for a Pregnant Woman
Modern research has shown that massage therapy can be a great tool when used in a woman’s prenatal care, and should be highly considered as part of her pregnancy health care regiment. Besides just feeling awesome when your body is under so much stress, it has many other benefits to check out!
-Studies have shown that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety and depression. I don’t know about you guys, but this was a big one for me, especially when child number four was rolling around.
-Pregnancy massage stimulates the tissues to reduce the collection of fluids in swollen joints, and also relieves those oh-so-achy muscle. Ladies, if you’ve been pregnant before, you know exactly what I am talking about.
-Want to talk about out-of-whack hormones??? The hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when a woman is pregnant, and massage during pregnancy even helps with this. It has led to increased mood regulation.
-Hopefully you will never have to deal with sciatic nerve pain, but if you do, many women have had a tremendous amount of success in reducing the pain through pregnancy massage.
-And most importantly! Prenatal massage has been shown to improve labor and newborn health.
When is the Best Time to Take a Spa Vacation During Pregnancy?
Good news, pregnant mamas! You can enjoy a wonderful spa vacation at any time during your pregnancy whether you be in your first, second. or third trimester. However, your safest bet will be to find a massage therapist who specializes in prenatal massage. They will have all the amenities needed to ensure your comfort and safety.
Some facilities may have a policy against pregnancy massages before 12 weeks, as there is an increased risk overall of miscarriage, and they many not want to assume responsibility for such a fragile situation. Make sure you finish each prenatal massage session by chugging water, as you might have a release of toxins in your system, and you’ll want to wash those away.
No matter what trimester you are in, relax, take some time for yourself, and reap all the benefits that pregnancy massage has to offer.