Pregnancy can wreak havoc within a woman’s body, from body aches and physical stress to emotional roller coasters. But couples, family, and friends can support the expectant mother by giving her a relaxing massage.
And according to research, prenatal massage can do more than help pregnant women relax. When done right, it can have other health benefits, too.
We believe that expectant moms deserve to feel comfortable after all their sacrifices, which is why we’ve put together some message tips that can help.
The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy Massage
First Thing’s First, Make Sure She Is In A Comfortable Position
Pregnant women should avoid lying on their back during the massage. The weight of the baby and the uterus can compress the blood vessels in this position and this can lead to a decrease in the blood supply to the placenta.
The safest and most comfortable massage position would be to lie on your side, with pillows that support your head, belly, and legs. You can also try kneeling and sitting on the floor while resting your arms on the bed or on an exercise ball in front of her.
Massage The Neck And Shoulders To Relieve Stress And Tension
During pregnancy, the back and neck are put under a lot of stress as they try to adjust to the change in the body’s center of gravity. Muscles can also hurt, but there are techniques to reduce stress and tension.
Begin by placing one of your hands on your shoulder, specifically where your shoulder meets your neck. Slowly slide your hand toward the base of the skull, then slide it toward the shoulders outward. To balance, do the same on the other side with the other hand.
You can apply pressure to the areas where you feel the muscles are tense, and you can also run your hands up and down your arms as part of the massage.
A Scalp Massage Can Do Wonders For Her Relaxation
Place your hands around the mother-to-be’s head, somewhere behind her ears. Then gently move your hands in a circular motion. You can then move them up through the hair and towards the neck. Use your fingers to apply light pressure to the scalp.
For the couple, giving your wife this type of massage will not only be a comforting experience for her, but it can also be a way to fill her with affection. Participating in a prenatal massage can also be good for a couple’s connection and awareness.
Knead The Back Or Rub Either Side Of The Spine To Ease Her Sore Muscles
The growing baby can cause back pain, and this massage can help provide comfort. While the expectant mother is lying on her side, place her hands on both sides of the spine. Then gently massage your back up and down with your palms or thumbs.
A back massage can have other benefits as well, including hormonal regulation, a lower risk of bloating, better blood flow, and better quality of sleep.
Massage Her Legs And Feet To Help Relieve Pain And Swelling, But Don’t Use Too Much Pressure
One of the changes that occur in a woman’s body during the reproductive phase is a decrease in blood volume. As a result, circulation to the legs often becomes slow and this can put a pregnant woman at risk for blood clots. Putting too much pressure on the legs can dislodge a clot and lead to complications.
The best way to massage the legs is to use the palm of your hand while rubbing them up and down. You can also rub your feet with your hands and use your thumbs to make gentle circles near the ankles and heels. Gently pulling on her toes or rubbing them together can be good for her, too.
What other tips can you share to help provide comfort to expectant mothers? Have you ever tried a prenatal massage? Share your tips and experiences with us in the comments section.