An aching back, swollen feet, cramps in abdomen and numb legs: Discomfort is synonymous with the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. Lack of sleep and ever growing baby bump only increases the stress. At 7 months pregnant, you’re only 2 months away from delivering your baby and thus you deserve a relaxed body and peace of mind at all times. One of the best ways of doing so is prenatal massage. Getting a massage when you’re 7 months pregnant will not only relax tense muscles and ease sore spots but will also increase circulation and mobility, thus making you feel good. Since bodies of pregnant women keep on changing and the needs of the body do too, here are a few massage ideas for women who are 7 months pregnant:
For the back
Get your partner to gently massage your back starting from your nape, slowly traveling down to the buttocks in to and fro motions. Doing it with knuckles will yield better results.
For the buttocks
The buttocks are under a lot of pressure during pregnancy because there’s a lot of pressure on the spine. First press the base of the spine with fist and move your hands around the top of the buttocks, ignoring the tailbone.
Legs suffer the most during pregnancy. Since you’re now 7 months pregnant, it is only going to go downhill during the later months. Gently stroke the thighs and legs in a circular motion and later sideways to relax them.
For hands and feet
The feet and hand often get swollen during pregnancy and require relaxation too. Massaging the thumbs, fingers and toes and working the motion towards the centre of the body can improve blood circulation in the area thereby providing relaxation from the swelling.
For the shoulders
A tired to-be mother experiences extreme shoulder pain. To relieve stress from the neck muscles, set your thumbs on the back and move them in circular motion. Relaxed neck muscles also help you sleep better.
You must use oils and lotions for better results. When done effectively, prenatal massage will reduce stress hormones in your body, leading to a reduction of anxiety and concerns. At 7 months pregnant, you must have also started stressing on labour and delivery. But prenatal massage also improves your progression of labour, reducing the risk of interventions. Visit a massage therapist for maximum benefit.