Pregnancy can be tough on your muscles. 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.
As your chest and belly continue to grow the strain on your back intensifies.
You also tend to be forced into one or two sleeping positions that can put continuous pressure on your hips and torque your back and neck while you (try to) sleep.
Prenatal massage can loosen those achy and stiff muscles
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage — to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and to ease stress.
But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies.
Benefits to Prenatal Massage
The therapeutic benefits of massage for pregnant women are supported by evidence that massage may help people who suffer from low back pain and chronic headaches.
Massage may decrease stress and promote relaxation, helping you cope with discomfort.