Pregnant women take on a lot of addition stress during this exciting time. Their bodies are going through extreme changes physically, that leave them feeling exhausted and worn out at the end of the day. Their emotions are off-kilter, and they may find themselves feeling excited, anxious, weepy, and happy all at the same time. At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we believe that massage therapy and prenatal massage can help a High Desert woman’s body, mind, and spirit relax as she prepares for the upcoming birth of her child.

What are the Benefits of Prenatal Massage?

Massage therapy can help Apple Valley women with hormone regulation. Various studies have been performed during the last decade, and all the results point to the fact that massage helps with hormones — particularly the stress hormones. Women who had a prenatal massage performed twice per week for at least five weeks had reduced levels of cortisol and norepinephrine, while also enjoying increased levels of dopamine and serotonin. Their moods were better regulated, and their cardiovascular health improved as a result.

It can reduce swelling, which is a common side effect of pregnancy. Edema is a condition in which the joints swell throughout pregnancy as a result of increased strain on the body from the growing uterus. Prenatal massage therapists will work to stimulate soft tissues in order to help reduce the amount of fluid that is present in the swollen joints.

It can help alleviate nerve pain that a woman is experiencing during pregnancy. Many women complain about sciatic nerve pain as their pregnancy progresses. This nerve pain is caused by the growing uterus, which puts additional strain on the pelvic region. This pressure can spread to the nerves in the legs, and massage therapy can help relieve that pain and discomfort for women. Women find that the more often they go for a massage, the less nerve pain they experience.

It can help improve sleep. Sleep deprivation is a common complaint during pregnancy. Massage helps a woman to relax and become more comfortable, which can make it easier for her to sleep at night. The more sleep that a pregnant woman is able to get, the better she will feel throughout her pregnancy.

Many expectant mothers find the prenatal massage to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of pregnancy. However, it is important to work with a massage professional who is certified in prenatal massage. You will want your massage therapist to understand the changes and restrictions of your body, in order to keep both you and your baby safe and healthy. If you are thinking about booking an appointment for a prenatal massage, talk to Dr. Ahmadinia about it at your next routine prenatal appointment.