The ancient practice of Ayurveda has advocated several practices including food regimes that pregnant women can follow to aid the healthy development of the unborn child and overall well-being of the mother. One of the practices recommended by Ayurveda is oil massage or Abhyangato soothe the expecting mothers’ nerves.
However, oil massages during this period must be done with caution, and only after the doctor gives approval. Otherwise, it entails risk for both the mother and the unborn child. Oil massages are not usually recommended during the first trimester because of how sensitive and vulnerable the unborn child is. Intense massages like deep tissue massage must be avoided at any cost because it is extremely harmful to both the mother and child. However, simply applying warm oil on the body before bathing is advised and can be followed every day.
Oils to be used:
Massages for pregnant women can be done using various oils ranging from essential oils like lavender, lemon, sesame, and almond among others. But using Ayurvedic oils ensures various health benefits for the mother and the unborn child. The oil that are prescribed for massage during this period are:
This varies from person to person because what works for one might not work for the other. Whatever position the expecting mother is comfortable in is the ideal one for her. However, it is important for her to be surrounded with soft pillows. While massaging, no pressure must be applied on the chest or the abdomen area because the former is extremely sensitive during this period while the pressure on the latter might affect the unborn child.
Areas to be massaged:
Benefits of oil massages:
Precautions to be taken during massages:
Massages during pregnancy using Ayurvedic oils can be extremely beneficial for both the mother and the unborn child. Following all the right steps and taking necessary precautions will make the massage routine something the expecting mother looks forward to and might even lighten her mood if performed properly.
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