During pregnancy a woman may experience body aches and pains, headaches, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression – symptoms that can be reduced by massage. Different treatments in different stages of pregnancy can improve circulation, reduce stress to postural muscles, decrease oedema and increase relaxation.
During the first trimester – a period of rapid cellular development for the baby – the most common symptoms are morning sickness and headaches. Gentle relaxation massage may aid these.
Throughout the second and third trimesters, the woman’s centre of gravity moves forward and the lower back muscles have to work harder to support the spine and the growing belly. She may experience more energy but find lying flat uncomfortable. The ligaments in the pelvis soften as the hormone relaxin is produced, sometimes causing instability and pain. Prescription exercises and massage can help with these changes. Prescription exercises and massage can help with these changes.