Getting a pregnancy massage from a certified prenatal massage therapist is our idea of an amazing idea. ?
But it turns out, it may also be a good idea from a medical point of view, and we have the studies to back it up.
Here are 3 reasons why you should RUN—okay, waddle—to your next prenatal massage:
It can help reduce anxiety and depression.
Women not only had reduced depression by the end of the therapy period, but they also had reduced depression and cortisol levels during the postpartum period. Their newborns were also less likely to be born prematurely and low birthweight, and they had lower cortisol levels.
We feel calmer already.
It reduces leg and back pain.
Not that it’s surprising to hear that a massage can help reduce the aches of late pregnancy, but science confirms it, too:
A 2004 study found that women who were massaged by their partner for 20 mins twice weekly had less back and leg pain.
Pass the massage oil.
It might also make labor easier.
Women who received massage therapy experienced significantly less pain, and their labors were on average 3 hours shorter with less need for medication.
A massage and a faster labor?