Thursday, March 20, 2008

Health Tip: Massage During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) - The medical community continues to debate the merits of getting a massage during pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

Before you get a massage while you're pregnant, always check with your doctor. The association believes for many pregnant women, massage can offer benefits that include:
  • Improved regulation of hormones related to stress and anxiety.
  • Reduced swelling of the joints.
  • Improvement of nerve pain.
  • Better circulation.
  • Fewer muscle aches and pains.
  • Better sleep.

The association advises that you should always work with a certified prenatal massage therapist, who is attuned to the needs of pregnant women. Of particular concern may be your body's position during the massage. Discuss this with your doctor and massage therapist in advance.

Women with high-risk pregnancies or medical conditions such as preeclampsia should be particularly careful about discussing the risks of massage with their physician.

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