3 Simple Ways To Look After Yourself During Pregnancy

By Juliet Penrose-Thackwell - Clinical Massage Therapist & Reflexologist -

Pregnancy is a wonderful blessing in a woman’s life, but it is also a time of many physical and hormonal changes, which can cause discomfort in the body and emotional ups and downs. It is very important to make time for things that improve overall wellbeing and keep stress levels to a minimum as both mother and baby will benefit!

three simple ways to look after yourself in pregnancy

1) Get Regular Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy can cause many changes to the mother’s body putting pressure on joints, ligaments and organs often causing discomfort and pain.

Most pregnancy massage focuses on relaxation, but it is often more important to seek out a massage therapist who has had advanced specialist training to be able to treat pregnancy related conditions such as headaches, back pain, sciatica and swollen ankles.

Regular massage can keep these difficult conditions at bay and can make the experience of pregnancy far more enjoyable and stress free for the mother. Massage is a great stress reliever and both mother and baby will benefit from the feel good endorphins that are released.

2) Try Reflexology

Many midwives now recommend reflexology and some hospitals such as West Middlesex Maternity hospital offer it a complementary therapy. Women during pregnancy have found it can help ease  pregnancy related conditions and prepare both body and mind for labour. Many have also found it a great way to help naturally  stimulate labour when they’ve gone past their due date.

3) Find a Pregnancy Yoga Class

Pregnancy yoga can gently help keep the body toned and supple and prepare both body and mind for birth. It is a great stress reliever and many common pregnancy discomforts can also be alleviated such as back pain, pelvic pain, indigestion etc.  As a massage therapist, I often recommend that women do pregnancy yoga alongside getting regular massage as this can be the best way to remain free of the more challenging aspects and to enjoy this wonderful and exciting time fully.

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