If you are in the third trimester of your pregnancy, then you are probably already counting down the days until you get to hold your new arrival! Pregnancy massage can still help to alleviate some of the more common symptoms associated with the third trimester of your pregnancy. These include:
§ Helping to ease discomfort in the ribs, shortness of breath, and indigestion.
§ Swelling of the ankles and feet.
§ Preparation of the breasts for breast-feeding.
§ Softening and preparing the perineum for birth.
§ Relaxation and easing of anxiety.
Pregnancy massage during the final trimester is usually very different to that of the first and second trimesters. First, there is the aspect of comfort, with many women finding that lying down for massage is harder, and long periods of lying supine being ill advised. There is also an aspect of intimacy to the application of pregnancy massage in the preparation of your body for birth and motherhood that makes it something ideally suited to a private moment between you and your partner.
The benefits of massage in preventing stretch marks, relaxation and more still apply, but you will need to be especially careful and gentle during massage, to ensure your baby's continued safety. Remember that if you experience any adverse effects from pregnancy massage during the third trimester, or if you notice anything strange during a massage, you should contact your doctor immediately!