Relaxation And Massage During Pregnancy

Dec 20, 2010 No Comments by

It is important to be able to relax, both mentally and physically, during pregnancy because this will help you to rest. Knowing how to make your body relax during labour will allow you to work with the contractions rather than against them.

Physical Relaxation

Start by getting comfortable and make sure that every part of your body is supported. Then concentrate on tensing and relaxing individual parts of your body. Start at your toes and work gradually upwards to your head and then back down to your toes again. By the time you have finished this exercise you should be feeling nice and floppy.

Mental Relaxation

This requires deep concentration so you need to be completely comfortable and in a quite place where no one will disturb you. Empty your mind and concentrate on your breathing. Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for a few seconds before letting it out slowly. Once you have established a steady pattern of breathing you should make sure that all your muscles are relaxed, then allow your mind to float away. One way to do this is to imagine that you are floating gently on calm water under a clear blue sky, in tranquil surroundings.

Other Techniques

Massage is an excellent way of relieving tension. It is best done on bare skin, but if you find your skin is particularly sensitive, it can be carried out through a thin cotton nightdress. Massage strokes should be firm, smooth, and rhythmical.

Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils which are added to a carrier oil before being applied to your skin. Certain essential oil can be dangerous during pregnancy because they may trigger uterine contractions, so you must always get qualified professional advice. Many aromatherapists will not treat a pregnant woman at all. Most of those who will treat expectant mothers will do so only after the six month of pregnancy. One effective blend is mandarin oil well diluted (i.e. a maximum solution of one percent: no more than 10 drops of oil to 50 ml carrier oil . A well-diluted solution of true lavender, jasmine, and rose in sweet almond oil is also thought to be beneficial during labour and birth.

In acupuncture tiny needles are used to stimulate meridian points situated on the body’s energy lines with the aim of rebalancing the energy flow. The treatment can help backache, but some points on the body are thought to stimulate uterine contractions, so it is important to visit a qualified practitioner and let him or her know that you are pregnant.

  • If you are suffering regularly from backache, having a soothing massage from a qualified practitioner can help. With an aromatherapy massage, make sure she chooses oils that will not affect the baby.

  • Regular massage on your legs will help to relieve any aches and pains that you are experiencing.


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