massage therapy. Prenatal massage can help with skin elasticity, the prevention of stretch marks, blood and lymph circulation, and an overall sense of
self-esteem and comfort with your changing body.
developing. A RMT can play an active role in both prevention, treatment and education. They are also trained to recognize signs and symptoms of prenatal disorders, such as pre-eclampsia, which can endanger mother and child. In the early stages of pregnancy, the mother-to-be will be positioned in whatever manner she is most comfortable, including on her tummy if she prefers.The massage therapist will avoid some areas of the body, as well as acupressure points that are known to trigger labour, and will check for excessive swelling or other danger signs.In later stages of pregnancy, the treatment is given with the mother-to-be lying on her side, with bolsters, pillows and cushions supporting the legs and belly for comfort. Positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby she is carrying.
- Reduces muscular pain and tension caused by postural changes and weight gain
- Reduces swelling and associated conditions through stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems
- Treats/Prevents Sciatica and other nerve compression syndromes through treatment of tight/shortened muscles that irritate the underlying nerves
- Alleviates stress/anxiety by reducing Cortisol (stress hormone) and increasing seratonin/dopamine (feel good hormones)
- Assists in postural awareness helping to prevent injuries/conditions pre and postnatally
- Assists in preparation for labour through physical/emotional support during pregnancy
Physical activity is considered safe and beneficial for pregnant women without contraindications to exercise. Pregnancy can be seen as a great time for lifestyle modifications. Moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) are proven to be beneficial for both mother and fetus in most pregnancies with the necessary modifications.
Exercise improves the health and wellbeing of both the mother and infant during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. Pregnancy and the postpartum period are viewed as “teachable moments” where women are motivated to change their habits to improve the health of their babies and themselves. This unique period of time provides an opportunity for health care professionals, specifically physiotherapists, to educate women on the importance of adopting healthy lifestyle interventions, which includes exercise.
In women, physical activity during pregnancy and the postpartum period confers benefits for the following maternal and fetal health outcomes
- Decreased caesarean births and operative vaginal delivery
- Better postpartum recovery
- Prevention of postpartum depression
- Prevention of excessive gestational weight gain (GWG)
- Reduced risks of obesity in pregnancy
- Reduced pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension, gestational diabetes (GDM), fetal marcosomia, low birth weight.
addresses the mother's spine and pelvis, which will change tremendously to accommodate the growing baby. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy addresses balance in the mother's spine and pelvis. When the spine or pelvis is out of
balance, the diameter of a woman's pelvis is decreased. Chiropractors call this a spinal misalignment, or a 'subluxation'.
enlarge symmetrically. When the pelvis is subluxated, the uterus will torque and reduce the maximum amount of space for the developing baby. In some cases, this restricts the baby's movement during pregnancy, and can prevent baby from getting into the best possible position for birth.