Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Healing Touch : Massage in Pregnancy & Labor

Did you know that massage during pregnancy and labor is very beneficial in achieving a safe and healthy birth ?

Dr. Tiffany Field, of the Touch Research Institute has conducted many studies on the effects of  massage in pregnancy and labor.

She has found that massage during pregnancy and labor can decrease the amount of stress hormones (cortisol and norepinephrine) in the body and raise the level of (dopamine and serotonin), lessen anxiety, and improve sleep patterns. Women who received prenatal massage had fewer complications and premature births. In addition, women who received massage during labor experienced shorter labors, shorter hospital stays, and less postpartum depression.

I heard her speak at the Lamaze conference last weekend, and it was fascinating. In the studies on labor, they  had the laboring woman's partner do the massage, and the results were amazing. So treat yourself to the healing touch of massage.

Question to Ponder: How do you feel about your pregnant body ?

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