Need to de-stress and unwind in a pinch? Ask your partner to use these tips for an at-home prenatal massage. The benefits of touch and the relaxation of muscles for the expecting mama is proven to help in reducing headaches, backaches, stress, and alleviate sleep problems.
Have mom lie down in a comfortable position, but not on her back, which is not good for circulation in pregnancy. Help the mother find a comfortable position lying on her side with pillows propped up behind her back for support.
A prenatal massage should not be done with much pressure and should not cause any pain. Use a gentle touch that is slightly firm.
High Tension Spots
Start by massaging the neck area, shoulders, and arms, which are all areas that hold a lot of tension. Rub with gentle pressure the muscles at the base of the neck and top of the shoulders, smoothing in some unscented oil for added relaxation.
The stomach can feel very tight and itchy in pregnancy, and gentle rubbing with oil can help soothe this discomfort. Be sure not to apply any pressure, but simply rub oils into the skin.
The back is a great source of pain during pregnancy as it is supporting a lot of extra weight. Pay special attention to the lower back, massaging it with gentle, even pressure.
Leg & Foot Love
Her tired and swollen legs, calves, and feet will appreciate a rub down with gentle but slightly more firm pressure to finish off this relaxing massage session. Be careful to avoid the ankle area when massaging the legs as this may be a trigger area for contractions.
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