Whilst you are doing everything to stay healthy to protect your little bundle let someone else take care of you- Mummy. Massage helps to reduce the physical and emotional strains that can build up throughout your pregnancy. Further to this it can reduce fluid retention and sciatic pain (caused by an accumulation of fluid around the sciatic nerve) lower blood pressure, maintain elasticity of the skin and encourage deeper breathing. From 20 weeks an abdominal massage routine can be shown to you to help take pressure off the pelvic floor and also in a preventative action to stretch marks. This is where I would encourage the Father, Friend or Mum to join in the session to also learn the routine.
Any following sessions, I finish instead with a facial massage using Wild Rose Beauty Balm, as Wild Rosehip oils is good for hormonal skin.
A session of Reflexology is also recommended to help with all stresses and strains of pregnancy. Also helping to balance all those body systems that are being put under extra strain.
Baby massage is gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby's body with your hands. As part of your massage routine, you can also gently manipulate your baby's ankles, wrists and fingers. This a a routine demonstrated by a Therapist for you do on baby.
What are the benefits of baby massage?
Massage helps to increase your baby’s immune system, circulation and improve digestion and elimination. It aids muscular co-ordination, posture and flexibility in preparation for crawling. By helping your baby relax, it promotes longer, sounder sleep. For mothers suffering with post-natal depression it can help lift symptoms and increase their sense of bonding with the child, same goes for increasing that bond between baby and father and can give him an important role to do whilst mother is breast feeding.
Massage can also be good for premature babies, helping them to grow and thrive, as well as small children too. One study showed that massage may reduce the number of illnesses your baby has, cutting down on the need for trips to see the doctor or nurse.