What are prenatal massages?
A prenatal massage is just what it sounds like—a massage given to women who are in those amazing but stressful (both physical and emotional) 9 months before they give childbirth. These massages achieve the same purposes as a typical massage—relaxation, pain relief, calming the body and mind, de-stressing—but are catered specifically to you incredible mothers-to-be and your specific needs and pains.
How do they help?
With the new load of a growing baby, mothers across the world deal with added aches and pains (back, leg, etc.), heightened stress and anxiety, and lower quality sleep. While these factors influence the pregnancies of women on a wide scale, our friends here in Pleasant Grove and Utah County are experiencing these pains and stresses more than the average population. The average US birth rate (number of births per year per 1000 population) in 2013 was 12.5. Utah’s birth rate in the same year was 17.6 (the highest in the US) while Utah County ranked highest within the state at 21.5. Utah County clearly knows pregnancy very well. One of the solutions that may help the most is an Pleasant Grove prenatal massage.
Prenatal massages get right at the heart of the daily struggles pregnant women face. Studies have suggested that prenatal massages may have the following effects:
- Reduce back and leg pain
- Decrease anxiety and stress (in specific the stress hormone norepinephrine)
- Improve quality of sleep
Though mothers-to-be feel all the joy and excitement of a new baby coming soon, the burden of pain, stress, and a changing body can offset those feelings of anticipation and delight. A prenatal massage can be the perfect remedy for an expecting mother.
What should I know before I go?
Prenatal massages can be an incredible relief to pregnant mothers; however, some of our pregnant friends question the safety of these massage techniques. Because the first trimester is a critical time and many miscarriages happen during this time period, many doctors and therapists are uncomfortable with first trimester massages. However, during the second and third trimesters, doctors may highly recommend prenatal massages to help with the strain of pregnancy. Pregnant mothers should seek advice from their physician if they have any questions regarding safety. Expectant women should seek therapists that have specific experience in prenatal massages.
Expectant mothers in Pleasant Grove and Utah County looking for ways to make their pregnancy more bearable may just need a relaxing, rejuvenating, and invigorating prenatal massage!
Visit us at Paradise Massage Studio for a great massage!