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Pregnancy can be a time of excitement and happiness. It can also be a time of physical and mental stress. Pregnancy massage therapy can help relieve stress and the discomforts associated with pregnancy. It can also be used during delivery to relieve pain.
There are several acupressure points that can relieve discomfort and aid in stress relief. These acupressure points can be learned and used by a woman’s partner to make pregnancy and childbirth a little easier to bear.

Physical Changes during Pregnancy and Childbirth

During pregnancy, many changes occur to the pregnant woman’s body that can result in increasing discomfort as the pregnancy advances. To start, most women gain an extra 20 to 30 pounds (some will gain more) concentrated around their abdomen. This extra weight changes a woman’s center of gravity and usually causes back strain that becomes more pronounced towards the end of pregnancy. In addition, excess weight may cause the legs and feet to become swollen and uncomfortable; again, this symptom usually worsens as pregnancy advances. The hormones of pregnancy also result in a relaxation of the hip and pelvic bones. As a result of these changes, many women experience lower back, pelvic and hip pain, as well as discomfort in the feet and legs that worsens as the pregnancy advances. Massage therapy using acupressure points can relieve the discomforts associated with advancing pregnancy and will leave the mother feeling relaxed and free of stress.

Labor brings a new and different pain as the woman’s body prepares to give birth. During labor, pain may be concentrated in the abdomen or lower back, depending on the position of the unborn infant in the womb. Back labor, which results when the infant’s head is facing the mother’s spine, can be excruciating. Women may also complain of pain in the upper thighs. Anxiety and stress can exacerbate pain. Massage therapy using acupressure points can greatly reduce a mother’s experience of pain and fear. Studies have shown that the use of acupressure points during labor can help reduce pain and replace the use of pain medications such as narcotics.

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