So massage is safe for pregnant women, but is it effective? 28 Jul 2020
Last week we established that massage is safe for pregnant women. A scientific review of studies of pregnancy in massage fond that pregnant women who received massage had
In addition pregnant women who received massage had reduced
- decreased depression
- decreased anxiety
- decreased leg and back pain
For pregnant women who received massage during labour they
- reduced cortisol levels
- reduced excessive fetal activity
- lower rate of prematurity (a baby being born before its 37 weeks old)
The study concluded massage is effective for pregnant women.
Field T. Pregnancy and labor massage. Expert review of obstetrics & gynecology. 2010;5(2):177-181. doi:10.1586/eog.10.12.
- experienced less pain
- required less medication
- had shorter labours (on average 3 hours shorter)