Prenatal massage benefits both mom and baby

During pregnancy, some women may seek ways to reduce the unwanted telltale symptoms like nausea, fatigue and all those aches and pains. One option for relief is to look into prenatal massage services.

Massage is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that has been used for centuries to reduce stress, relieve muscle tension and improve overall health.

Previous research conducted by the University of Miami School of Medicine found that prenatal massage was more effective than relaxation therapy in reducing anxiety and back pain, as well as improving mood and sleep. In addition, the study's investigators also found that the treatment was associated with fewer complications during labor.

Lisanne Franco, a certified prenatal massage therapist in New York, spoke to Yahoo! Shine about the ways in which prenatal massage can help curb the symptoms of pregnancy.

A benefit is that massage provides drug-free relief to aching muscles and joints, especially if moms-to-be experience swollen legs or feet. It can alleviate the stress placed on the joints as a pregnant woman begins to put on more weight and her center of gravity shifts. Not to mention, muscle soreness becomes more apparent in the second and third trimesters.

Another advantage is that massage can help patients get relief from emotional stress. A lot is going on in the body during pregnancy, and there is a great deal of planning involved for the birth of a child. Therefore, it should be no surprise that some anxiety is common. Prenatal massage therapy may help relax your mind.

Have you ever had prenatal massage? Would you recommend it to other expectant moms? Leave your answers in the comments section!