Massage for healthy pregnancy According to a study by the Touch Research Institute, women who received massage therapy reported decreased depression, anxiety, and leg and back pain. Cortisol levels (stress hormone) decreased and, in turn, excessive fetal activity decreased, and the rate of prematurity was lower in the massage group. Massage helps mom enjoy an […]
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What are the benefits of relaxation during pregnancy? A recent study reviewed research on the effects of relaxation techniques during pregnancy, including maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes. What it found: Relaxation had a positive impact on women’s emotional state. Pregnancy outcomes improved with fewer admissions to the hospital, fewer obstetric complications, longer gestation, reduction of […]
This pregnancy massage study shows that massage therapy is more than a “treat” or a “luxury”! The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami assigned twenty-six pregnant women to a massage therapy or a relaxation therapy group for five weeks. Both groups reported feeling less anxious after the first session and less leg pain […]
I met up with former student who is now in week 26 of pregnancy and starting to feel it. She wanted to offset the changes in her abdominal muscles (they’re starting to split apart!) and wasn’t sure if she could do the same strengthening exercises she did pre-pregnancy. I recommended a book that my prenatal […]
Are you looking for a prenatal yoga class to smooth the bumpy road toward birth? Try a few different classes and/or studios out before you settle on one. Some are geared toward women who already have a regular yoga practice, and the instructor puts more emphasis on the postures. Some put more emphasis on “checking […]