Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pregnancy Massage During the First Trimester

If you are an expecting mom, then there is a good chance you have been following trends in managing the symptoms of pregnancy, and in that case, you have probably seen that pregnancy massage can be of great benefit. Let us look at some of the benefits of pregnancy massage if you are in your first trimester:

§ Fatigue. The first trimester is one of the most tiring and stressful periods of your pregnancy and during this portion of your pregnancy, the relaxation, and rejuvenation that massage offers can be the biggest benefit to you.
§ Morning sickness. There have been extensive studies done on morning sickness, and findings indicate that there is a strong link between morning sickness and stress. Since massage can help to treat stress, it is also believed to be beneficial in lessening the symptoms of morning sickness.
§ Constipation. Constipation is common among women in their first trimester, largely thanks to the changes in your body caused by hormones. Gentle stimulation of the skin on your abdomen can help to stimulate intestinal movement, and kick-start a sluggish digestive tract.
§ Breast tenderness. While massage of sensitive and sore breasts is not recommended, massage therapy treatments like cold compresses and hydrotherapy can help to reduce tenderness and swelling.
§ Headaches. Again, because of the relaxation associated with pregnancy massage, it is an effective part of the treatment of first trimester headaches.

Getting into the routine of pregnancy massage early in your pregnancy and adapting that routine as your pregnancy progresses, is a great, natural way to treat many of the aches and pains associated with expecting throughout your pregnancy. So why not start now!





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