Improved blood circulation, this improves the interchange of oxygen and nutrients and the expulsion on waste for mother and baby
Increase in lymphatic flow allowing a better flow of lymph to the glands and easier elimination of waste and toxins helping to reduce puffiness and swelling for the mother.
Reduces stress on weight bearing joint
Eases pain in aching muscles and joints
The massage is relaxing and allows the mother to relax mentally and physically and prepare for the birth
WHEN SHOULD I NOT HAVE A PREGNANCY MASSAGE? If you are under midwife led care and into your second trimester then a massage is more than likely going to be ok for you but there are some reasons why a pregnancy massage may not be suitable. I have listed a few below which would require written consent from your GP before we can proceed with the massage, if you have any concerns please give me a call.
Diabetic Mother or Gestational Diabetes
Previous problems in Pregnancy
Abnormal Fetal Heartbeat
Decrease or absence of fetal movement (make sure you seek medical advice immediately)
If you are in your first trimester then you must wait for your 12 week scan before having a massage
WHAT TO EXPECT We will go through a short consultation form just making sure a massage is right for you and then I use a specialised couch cushion that allows you to lay on your front, making the massage the comfiest and most relaxing it can be.