If you are already in your second trimester, good for you! You are probably settling into your pregnancy nicely, and if you are lucky, like most women, the worst of the morning sickness is behind you. Whether you have already made pregnancy massage a part of your routine or not, there are still many benefits to these techniques. These include:
§ Stretch marks. As your abdomen begins to grow, and you start to 'show', the skin on your belly begins to stretch to accommodate your baby. Pregnancy massage, particularly when using specially formulated lotions, or tissue oil, can help to ease this stretching process, and limit the formation of stretch marks.
§ Backache. As your growing baby begins to put more pressure on your back and abdominal muscles during the second trimester of your pregnancy, you will start to notice that you experience backache. Pregnancy massage techniques can help to alleviate the pain associated with this, and help to soothe your tired muscles.
§ Blood pressure. Many women experience a sharp increase in blood pressure during their second trimester of pregnancy. In fact, about 10% of women will experience this symptom, and while the cause is not completely clear, pregnancy massage has been shown to reduce stress, and anxiety, and can help to lower blood pressure in many cases.
§ Carpal tunnel syndrome. Thanks to the build up of fluids in your body as you retain more water, it is not uncommon to experience carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrists. Pregnancy massage techniques can help to limit fluid build up and the symptoms associated with it.
During the second trimester of your pregnancy, you are also likely to start feeling your baby moving. This makes this an extra special time for pregnancy massage, as it allows you to share the movement of your child with your partner. So if you have not started practicing pregnancy massage yet, now is a good time to find out more!