Taking the Pain Out of Pregnancy

FOCUS ON PAIN: THE JOY OF PREGNANCY CAN BE MARRED WITH PAIN

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Congratulations You’re Expecting

Is there anything more miraculous than life?  An act of love and affection becomes the seed of someone brand new.  The wonders of a new life being formed and growing in the body of the mother are remarkable.  There’s just nothing mundane about it.

However, nine months can seem like a very long time.  Each mother has a unique experience, but oftentimes, the joy of the new life is tarnished by the pains associated with carrying the child to term.  It’s important to realize there are ways to address the pains of pregnancy.

Benefits of Massage

Massage is a therapy that can be beneficial to anyone, but if you’re expecting, you might be surprised just how good a massage could be.  From ancient times, in a wide variety of cultures, massage has been used to enhance pregnancy. Even the American Pregnancy Association recognizes the benefits of massage.  Here are some of the benefits they cite:

  • Improves Overall Health
  • Provides Better Sleep
  • Reduces and Relieves Stress
  • Reduces and Relieves Muscle Tension
  • Reduces and Relieves Muscle Aches
  • Reduces and Relieves Joint Pain
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Reduces Back Pain
  • Reduces Headaches
  • Reduces Hormonal Fluctuation
  • Regulates Mood
  • Relieves Discomforts Associated with Skeletal and Circulatory Change
  • Decreases Symptoms of Depression
  • Improves Labor Outcomes
  • Improves Blood Circulation
  • Improves Oxygenation of Soft Tissues and Muscles
  • Improves Lymphatic Circulation
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health
  • Improves Nerve Pain
  • Fewer Complications During Birth
  • Fewer Instances of Newborn Complications

Even with all these benefits, a woman should discuss the addition of massage to her prenatal care with her physician and the masseuse she chooses should be certified to perform Prenatal Massage, which of course, Medical Massage Practitioner, Dwight Lee Tinney, is certified to do.

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Exercise Can Help, Too

Another great tool during pregnancy is exercise.  In addition to their hearty endorsement of massage, the American Pregnancy Association points out “exercise and pregnancy usually work well together.”  In some situations there can be complications with exercise for pregnant women, especially if they have not exercised before pregnancy, so always check with your physician, but like massage, there are benefits.

As a Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor, Dwight Tinney can design a program to specifically address issues a pregnant woman may face during pregnancy and suggest others which could actually improve labor and delivery.  Aerobics and Yoga were cited as particularly effective for pregnant women, including walking, jogging, running, bicycling and swimming.

Call Now for More Information

If you’re expecting or considering a pregnancy in your future, talk to Dwight at DFW Medical Massage/Action Fitness at 903-456-5712 to develop your plan.  As you can see from the benefits listed above, some of the greatest drawbacks and complications to pregnancy can be addressed with massage and exercise.  You owe it to yourself and your baby to do all you can to make your pregnancy, your labor and your delivery safe.  While the pain related to labor and delivery cannot be completely eradicated, you can improve the many months of pregnancy and greatly enhance your experience.

 

 

 

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