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This treatment for the mom-to-be is helpful to alleviate soft tissue aches associated with pregnancy. The baby is growing quickly and your body may not be able to keep up with adapting to fast changes, resulting in discomfort. Massage to the rescue! If comfortable using, you will lie face-down in a prenatal bolster for a portion of your massage, otherwise a side-lying option with regular pillows is available to you as well.
Other than helping with general muscle aches, prenatal massage is also beneficial for improving circulation (for you and baby), sleep, efficacy of your lymphatic system, encouraging the parasympathetic nervous system (which can help balance hormones), loosening up certain muscles for a smoother labour and delivery, reducing sciatic symptoms and leg cramping, and generally reducing anxiety and stress.
Prenatal massage can be received at any time, but the safest is after 12 weeks. Please ensure to ask your doctor/midwife whether massage therapy is right for you on your prenatal journey, especially if you're experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.
Postpartum massage is also highly recommended, with new challenges and adaptations facing your body once the baby arrives. The Walnut Tree suggests waiting about 3-6 weeks if you've had a vaginal delivery, and about 6-8 weeks if you've had a C-section before your first postpartum treatment. This way, your body has had some time to heal and perhaps you've set up a routine around baby's schedule, allowing yourself time away from your child to attend the massage.