As a soon-to-be mom, your sensible course of action to overcome pain and relax during the whole journey of your pregnancy would be to book an appointment for pregnancy massage.
You might have heard many alarms along the lines of, “You shouldn’t go for a pregnancy massage during your first trimester”, and many more. But, I say otherwise. Unless being advised against, by your doctor, massage therapy during your pregnancy tenure is perfectly safe.
Why do you need a pregnancy massage?
For the very reasons for relieving pain and aches and mental stress, just like other massaging therapies, gestation massage is very much needed during your maternity period. Instead of consuming pain relievers, you can simply opt for a natural and safe alternative to alleviate your discomforts.
During your gestation phase, it’s very common to suffer from headaches, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome, swelling of limbs, and pelvis & hip pain. To mitigate the said malaises, you can make use of pregnancy massage.
Safe Position for Massage
As far as pregnancy massages are considered, all positions are safe. However, side-lying posture would befit the massaging session adeptly by giving access to all the areas needing care.
Making use of approved bolsters would also increase your comfortability levels. They would help you to maintain a relaxed posture to abstain from exerting any pressure on your lower back and pelvis.
Swelling of ankles
As a soon-to-be mom, you become tensed when your ankles and feet start swelling during your third trimester. But that’s no issue of immense worry. This happens mainly because of the high amounts of water content that you retain during your maternity period, besides your genetics.
But that doesn’t mean you should be oblivious to those sudden swellings of your ankles, for they could potentially be a sign of deep vein thrombosis, preeclampsia or cellulitis.
To prevent such sudden swellings you need to leverage pregnancy massages that can assist with fluid retention in your feet. In addition to that, it would do you good to go for walks and keep active. These are ways in which your leg muscles would assist effectively with the drainage of tissue fluids. And as a natural pump mechanism, they would also aid to return the blood in your veins back to your heart.
Get Rid of All Myths
Lots of false assertions revolve around pregnancy massage therapies. As a therapist, it really stings my heart when I hear of some superstitious assertions.
As you keep contemplating you arrive at the words of a myth. Then you dig deeper and vaguely remember a mosquito bite that caused your ankle to itch. Further down the memory lane, you remember asking your spouse to rub the point to get rid of the itching sensation.
Finally, on account of a senseless myth, you cause yourself to experience more pain.
Let me tell you very clearly, there is no such thing as miscarrying on account of rubbing your ankles or shoulders. Don’t let those myths to get to you. It would be merely coincidental if such unfortunate events befell anyone.
Miscarriages are predominantly caused by unidentified genetic reasons, uterine or hormonal abnormalities, tissue rejection, and reproductive tract infections; but most definitely not because of massage therapy.
Therefore, don’t deprive yourself of the relaxing and pain-relieving moments of your maternity period, which could only be brought about by pregnancy massage therapies.
If you are still not convinced, let us consider the regular chores you perform as a pregnant woman: carry your toddler, clean cupboards by climbing on benches, bend, and twist, go for a run or a walk, or maybe do some yoga. Now compare all these said errands with gestation massage therapy, where you merely lie still and close your eyes for a sweet slumber in the absence of cramps and fatigue.
Just like how other massage therapies are beneficial, so is pregnancy massage. Let go of all the myths, and understand that gestation massage is 100% safe with the only exception when advised by your medic to abstain from massage therapy. Otherwise, book your appointment right away, and be relieved of all your pain and relax well in your pregnancy period.