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.

A 2009 study of pregnant women who had twice weekly massages found that:

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:

Pass the massage oil.

It might also make labor easier.

A 2010 study that looked at the impact of massage on women in labor found:

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?

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