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Why You Should Get Massaged During Pregnancy


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Why You Should Get Massaged During Pregnancy

Author : Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT

Submitted : 2014-01-11 09:12:11    Word Count : 446    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   Liddle Kidz, Massage Therapy, Pediatric, Child, Baby Massage, Infant Massage, Pregnant, Prenatal Massage

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Copyright (c) 2014 Liddle Kidz Foundation Infant and Children's Pediatric Massage

Infant massage has so many benefits for new parents, massage has been shown to encourage bonding, alleviate constipation, and even reduce stress for both parent and child! However massage can aid Mom while baby is still in the womb. Several studies have shown the wide range of benefits prenatal massage provides. This includes combating prenatal depression, which is an issue affecting pregnant mothers all over the world.

Prenatal depression affects as many as 49% of pregnant women and can be a real threat to your unborn child. Potential complications of prenatal depression include prematurity, low birth weight and more incidences of intensive care at birth. Additionally, the stress and depression affects the infant emotionally, mentally and may even cause motor delays during infancy. Commonly these emotional issues can continue into childhood, making it imperative to prevent this through the use of prenatal massage, ensuring a healthy birth.

In one study pregnant women were randomly assigned either a 20-min massage or relaxation therapy twice a week. While both groups reported lower anxiety levels and less leg pain, only the massaged group reported reduced anxiety, depression and back pain, as well as, better sleep by the last day of the study. The prematurity rate was significantly lower in the massage therapy group versus the relaxation control group (0% versus 17%).

Another study had pregnant women experiencing depression receive a 20-min massage at home from their significant other two times a week. Throughout the course of the study, the massage therapy group had fewer symptoms of depression, fewer complications including a lower prematurity rate. In another study, pregnant women diagnosed with major depression were given 12 weeks of twice per week massage therapy by their significant other versus a standard prenatal care as the control group. The massage therapy group not only had reduced depression by the end of the therapy period, but also had reduced depression and cortisol levels during the postpartum period than the control group. Their newborns had reduced rate of premature birth and low birth weight even performing better on orientation and motor scales.

While these studies focused on women who were currently depressed, the same benefits are transferable to all pregnant women. A great way to get ready for your bundle of joy is to practice massage before they arrive. You will be introduced to massage and be able to create a great tradition with your baby.. Luckily most massage therapists, are certified in both prenatal and infant massage making it easier to have a complete plan ready for you and your family!

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Looking for the best ways to swaddle your baby? Or ways to help your baby develop faster? Find answers to all your questions about infant and childrens massage at the Liddle Kidz Foundation. With over a decade of service to children and families, Tina Allen, provides many techniques for new parents.

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