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Irving, TX 75039
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I'd have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
Most women find it uncomfortable to lie face down right from the start of pregnancy because of their tender, swollen breasts. And you can't lie face down on a traditional massage table once your belly has started to grow. On the other hand, it's not a good idea to lie flat on your back either, particularly once you're past mid-pregnancy, because the weight of your uterus puts too much pressure on the vein that returns blood from your legs to your heart.
If you are curious to know, we do most pregnancy massages with a pillow or two, with you laying on your side, just the way you sleep. This is a very effective way to massage the shoulders, the lower back, and the body as a whole. If you must, we also have a prego pillow for you to lay face down completely, but most, if not all after trying the prego pillow prefer side laying massage. It is quite comfortable and healthier for the mom and baby. When laying on your back if necessary a pillow is used to prop your hips slightly to one side to prevent discomfort and blood flow problems.
The therapeutic benefits of massage for pregnant women haven't been studied very much. There's some evidence that massage may help people who suffer from low back pain and possibly those with chronic headaches, but the studies weren't done with pregnant women. In any case, massage may decrease stress and promote relaxation, helping you cope with discomfort even if it doesn't specifically alleviate or prevent it.
Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you're carrying and you may find you've got an aching lower back.
A trained prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman's sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. It's important to communicate with her and tell her where you need attention. Let her know right away if anything during the massage – including your positioning – is causing you any discomfort.
Prenatal Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts during pregnancy, such as backaches, leg cramps, headaches, edema, and sore, swollen ankles and feet. Massage stimulates glandular secretions, which helps stabilize hormone levels. It relaxes tense muscles and tones loose muscles, and can also increase muscular flexibility. Flexibility will be helpful during the last trimester and during the birth itself.If you are LESS than 16 weeks (4 months) pregnant it would be advisable to receive a doctor's release to receive prenatal massage, this is mainly for high risk pregnancies, but advisable to everyone.It is always recommended to consult your OB/GYN or prenatal health care provider before receiving massage during pregnancy.
Erma Bombeck, "If I Had My Life to Live Over