When you are expecting a baby, the benefits of pregnancy massage include reducing discomfort in your body (such as muscle cramping, tightness, stiffness, and knots) and relieving depression, anxiety, and nervousness caused by changes in hormones.
Massage also improves blood circulation, which can reduce swelling and improve the oxygen supply to the baby. Improved circulation can also also help eliminate waste products, reducing fatigue and giving you more energy.
The best position for prenatal massage is usually lying on your side. Although massage tables are available with holes to accommodate a pregnant belly with you lying face down, that position can stretch your uterine ligaments in an uncomfortable way. Some massage therapists may also use a semi-reclining position by propping up your upper body with bolsters or pillows.
For the safest massage, look for a massage therapist with specialty training in working with pregnant women.
Always tell your massage therapist about your physical condition. Usually, you shouldn't receive massage during pregnancy if you have any of the following conditions:
For massage therapists: Article about prenatal massage.