Happy Mommy, Happy Baby! The Benefits of Prenatal Massage

If you’re a mother-to-be and researching Prenatal Massage, you’ve probably asked
the question “is it safe for my baby?” This is a question you should be asking, and as
a practitioner of Prenatal Massage for many years, a receiver of Prenatal Massage, and a

mother of two healthy girls, I can attest to the general safety and magic this service
can add to your pregnancy. However, Prenatal Massage is not always recommended, if your
having a high-risk pregnancy or any other complications, you may want to check with your
doctor before booking your appointment. For those looking to add this service to their

Prenatal Massage can:pregnant belly

*Increase levels of the “feel good” hormones Serotonin and Dopamine

*Decrease back, hip, and leg pain
*Decrease levels of the stress hormone Norepinephrine
*Decrease levels of Cortisol (an indicator of stress)
*Dramatically improve your mood
*Improve sleep
*Improve energy levels

As your baby grows you can expect many hormonal and physiologic changes to occur. Prrogesterone levels increase during pregnancy which cause a loosening of ligaments and joints throughout the body. As baby grows, a woman’s entire posture changes to accommodate (Ouch!). All of these factors can cause discomfort and stress. Disruption of regular sleep and elevated hormones cause your emotions to stir easily, compounding these challenges. Prenatal Massage can help relieve the emotional strain as well as the physical pain by combining calm relaxation with gentle therapeutic bodywork to sooth you and your baby. In other words, a happy mom makes a happy baby!

During a Prenatal Massage Therapy session you can expect some changes from your
regular massage. This massage uses multiple cushions and bolsters to ensure that Mommy is
comfortable in any position. Some practitioners have you lay on your sides, while others
use cushions that allow you to lay face down. Mommy’s position should be what she is most
comfortable with. Every mom has their own preference, and you should never hesitate to
let your Therapist know your preferences. All massage strokes should encourage
circulation towards the heart and there should never be direct pressure applied to your
lower legs or ankles. Although most massage training institutions teach massage therapy
for women who are pregnant, it is best to find a massage therapist who is certified in
Prenatal Massage. Your therapist should always ask you specific questions about your
pregnancy and make sure all of your issues are addressed. If you are searching for
something to enhance your experience and help you endure, Prenatal Massage is a great way
to prepare, stay positive, and healthy throughout your pregnancy.

Blog by Dana Durand, NCTMB, Licensed Massage Therapist