It’s National Women’s Health Week! Between May 14 and May 20, 2017, women of all ages, from all across the country, are finding ways to improve their health in the short-term and take the first steps toward establishing healthy habits that last a lifetime. Earlier this week, we talked about the benefits of breast thermography for breast cancer screening, which is important for all women over the age of 40. Today, we’re going to focus on the health of a more specific group of women: expecting mothers.
If you’re pregnant, maintaining your health is probably already at the forefront of your mind. From taking pre-natal vitamins to getting regular checkups to eating a balanced diet, there are lots of things you can do to maintain your own health during pregnancy and to support the healthy development of your baby. Aside from making sure you adhere to the standard health recommendations for pregnant women, you might also want to consider pre-natal massage.
Benefits of Pre-Natal Massage for Pregnant Mothers
Scientific studies show that pre-natal massage has significant physical and mental health benefits for pregnant mothers. Consider the following:
- Getting a pre-natal massage can help lower your blood pressure.
- Pre-natal massage has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol, which is associated with stress.
- Pregnant mothers who get pre-natal massages are less likely to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- After getting a pre-natal massage, pregnantl women report a reduction in leg and back pain.
- Pre-natal massage increases circulation, so it serves as a passive form of exercise.
- Getting a pre-natal massage can enhance your immune function, making it less likely that you will get sick during your pregnancy.
Supporting Your Baby’s Health With Pre-Natal Massage
Getting a massage while you’re pregnant isn’t just good for you — it supports the health of your baby too! Research shows that pre-natal massage can lower the likelihood of excessive fetal activity. In addition, one study reported that babies that were born pre-term had higher birth weights when their mothers had gotten a regular pre-natal massage. From a more general standpoint, studies show that it is beneficial to the baby if the mother is more relaxed in both mind and body, and pre-natal massage can help with that as well.
Whether it’s your first pregnancy or you’ve been through this before, a great way to celebrate National Women’s Health Week is to give pre-natal massage a try! Atlanta Chiropractic & Wellness offers pre-natal massage therapy for expecting mothers, as well as a variety of other massage therapies for other women who want to boost their physical and mental health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!