More and more women are turning to alternative treatments for the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. This is largely thanks to a growing knowledge base, which tells us that alternative treatments are safer, for you and your baby.
Home massage is one of those types of treatment, and if you are interested in practising home massage while you are pregnant, then there are a few things you should know before hand.
Speak to Your Doctor
There are specific conditions that you may have while pregnant, that make some or all forms of home massage dangerous or unsafe.
If you're considering making home massage a part of your ante natal treatment, make sure that you speak to your doctor first, and rule out all of those conditions first. It is always best to be safe, rather than sorry, and while home massage during pregnancy is usually perfectly safe, you need to be sure before you start!
Learn Proper Techniques
Home massage during pregnancy is not as simple as it is at other times. There are certain areas of your body that should be massaged in certain ways and specific techniques that should, and should not be used.
There are online courses, as well as real world training programs, that can help you to practice home massage during pregnancy safely, and with maximum benefit to you and your baby, and it is always a good idea to make sure that you know what you are doing before you incorporate it into your pregnancy routine.
If you are planning to make home massage a part of your pregnancy routine, then there are specific types of equipment and materials that can be useful. Heating and cooling pads, pregnancy safe massage oils and lotions; a firm and stable massage surface and other items are all things that you might like to consider. There are, of course, also many items that you probably already own that can be incorporated into home massage during pregnancy, and it need not be an expensive or difficult process.
Enlist Your Partner
During the early stages of your pregnancy, it may be possible to practice home massage techniques yourself, however, as you progress through your pregnancy, that will become more difficult. Enlist your partner's help to massage your back, abdomen, and other areas of your body that you cannot reach. Not only does this make home massage during pregnancy easier, and more comfortable, but it allows your partner to become involved in the process of pregnancy, on a physical level.
Home massage is a great form of relaxation and therapy, as well as an effective treatment for many aches and pains, and it is a good idea to include it in your pregnancy routine from early on. Make sure that you do so safely, and that you stop if you notice any adverse or worrying effects and it should be a great way to relax and enjoy your pregnancy more.