Prenatal massage relieves muscle tension and reduces stress, two things that benefit pregnant women the most. Other benefits of prenatal massage include balanced moods, better sleep, and fewer headaches. While stress spares no one, a pregnant woman needs to be especially wary of stress hormones that can affect her baby’s development. A study in Quebec, which was recently published in the medical journal Psychiatry Research, suggested that a woman who experiences severe stress during her first trimester is likely to have a child born with autism-like traits.
Massage is by no means the only thing that can help moms-to-be improve their health and that of their babies. Cardiovascular exercise, a wholesome diet, and a general avoidance of stressful activities can all prove beneficial. In any case, expectant mothers would do well to consult their doctors before they get a prenatal massage in Oshawa.