Prenatal massage has many benefits and can help you throughout all stages of your pregnancy. A prenatal massage during the third trimester is highly recommended. By the time you hit the third trimester you are starting the countdown. Not just to meet your new baby but also because your body is most likely uncomfortable by now. It’s possible your feet are swelling, your back aches and you probably can’t sleep. Prenatal massage can help with all of these and more. But before you schedule your appointment, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage In The Third Trimester
Let’s just be blunt… you’re uncomfortable. The extra weight is pulling your hips into a different alignment which in turn is changing your posture and wreaking havoc on the rest of your body. A prenatal massage will help ease muscle aches and pains, with some extra attention through the hips, glutes and low back.
Another fantastic “side effect” of prenatal massage is that it will increase your circulation which can help with swelling. This is often a boost for your lymphatic system which will help flush out toxins.
SLEEP! First you can only lay in one position, you have to get up and pee, then you can’t breathe … naps are your best friend. One of the most common things we hear from women who get a massage late in their pregnancy is that they sleep great for awhile after the massage. This has to do with the tension relief, muscle relief and also just your hormones. Massage releases serotonin and dopamine into your system (natural ‘feel good’relaxing chemicals in your body).Once you get relaxed, you can sleep. Without sleep you then start to feel those aches and pains more, can’t sleep again… and the circle goes on. Sleep is key to making it through that long third trimester.
Prenatal Massage in Third Trimester: What You NEED to Know
The first thing to note, is to make sure you go to a therapist and clinic that understands what is happening to your body at this time. Someone with experience and training in prenatal massage will know areas that need to be avoided, positioning etc. Even if you go to an experienced therapist, you should know the following:
- Avoid deep tissue on the legs
- Drink a lot of water before and after the massage to help flush toxins
- Make sure the therapist has pregnancy pillows that support your body without putting pressure on the belly
- Do not lay flat on your back, make sure you are elevated
Make sure to consult with your doctor if you have a high risk pregnancy, pregnancy of twins or more, or if you have a history of complications during pregnancy. If you’ve had a healthy pregnancy, there is no reason for you not to enjoy a prenatal massage. But if you have any issues or concerns, make sure you consult with your doctor or midwife.
Take some time to pamper yourself. Your body is putting in hard work 24/7 right now. And once that baby enters the world, taking “me” time can get more complicated. Click here to book online or call / text us at 385-351-5626 to schedule your prenatal massage now.