Why massage during pregnancy and early postpartum?

Pregnancy is never static. Every day your baby and body grow, organs shift position and ligaments stretch to accommodate the changes. Aches and pains can come hand in hand with pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean you have to ‘put up with it’. Seeing someone who specialises in pregnancy massage can help reduce those discomforts, can increase your capacity to cope with the changes, and help you connect with your growing baby and body.

It also provides an opportunity for ‘me’ time, when so much of the focus can shift to your baby, or is already on existing children.

The top four potential benefits of massage in pregnancy include:

  • Improvement in sleep
  • Boosted immune system
  • Lowered stress levels
  • Reduction in pain and discomfort

Other potential benefits may include:

  • Increased connection with baby
  • Improved posture & reduced postural tension
  • Reduction in oedema
  • Improved circulation
  • Stimulation of cell nutrition
  • Increased acceptance of your changing body
  • Improved mood
  • Boosts to your immune system
  • Boosts of feel-good hormones, which boosts your mood and reduces anxiety

Postpartum massage can also be hugely beneficial as you recover from pregnancy and birth, and shift into this exciting but often exhausting phase of parenting a newborn. A postpartum massage can achieve all the same benefits as listed above, as well as giving you a boost of oxycontin – the feel-good love hormone that’s vital for bonding and milk production.

Rachel Angelone is the founder of Your Birth Your Baby and is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula and NurtureLife Pregnancy Massage Practitioner based in Melbourne. Rachel offers independent childbirth and early parenting education to pregnant families before baby arrives. Once your baby is Earth-side, she offers practical and emotional in-home support as you adjust to your new life as parents. Along both journeys she can provide relaxing and restorative massage treatments. She is also a loving wife and mother to two young girls.

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