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Ayurvedic Massage during Pregnancy


Pregnancy and delivery are the two wonderful events in the life of a woman. During this stage of life, a woman needs a special care and attention. Ayurveda i.e science of life has addressed a set of healthy diet and lifestyle during this period. It consists of various diet and lifestyle which woman has to follow.   Also, Ayurveda creates support for the physical, mental/emotional and spiritual growth of the mother and the baby. One of the important rituals is Abhyanga(Ayurvedic Oil Massage).

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Ayurvedic massage has been practiced for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress and detoxification. Massage during pregnancy has an important role for the healthy growth and development of a baby. Although, there are certain controversy about it.

Modern investigation and research has shown the significant role of massage during pregnancy. Ayurvedic massage is very safe and efficient ritual and should be given careful consideration.

The massage in pregnancy is called Pre-natal massage and it is beneficial in many ways. Prenatal massage has both physical, mental, physiological and Spiritual benefits. It helps to relax the body and mind of a woman. Although there are many benefits, there are few precaution to be exercised.

Frequently asked Questions

Is it Safe to Massage in Pregnancy?

Yes, Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage) is safe, if done with due caution. Although, few expert advice no massage during the first trimester. Overall, light Abhyanga i.e gentle application of warm oil on the body is safe for most of the women. Also, regular oil application on the body is recommended to all as a daily ritual.

Why not to massage during Pregnancy?

There are many different types of Massage. Massage like deep tissue massage and hard massage are not suitable.  The especially pressure around the abdomen is dangerous.

Simply, gentle application of oil all around the body is quite enough.

Massage in the first Trimester?

The first three month of pregnancy is a very important period because of the increased risk of miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Usually, Ayurvedic massage has no adverse effect but a lady must visit her doctor and get advice. Also, Massage should be planned after visiting a doctor only.

What is the best Massage Position?

The important thing, woman body needs to be comfortable, taking care not to put pressure on abdomen and chest. Also Soft pillow and padding are needed. Otherwise, sitting position is also good.

Benefits of massage in pregnancy:

  • Back massage: Lower back pain is common during pregnancy due to the pressure in the abdomen. So gentle back massage with Ayurvedic oil help to relieve back pain.
  • Breast massagehelps avoid stretch marks and keeps up the breast tone. In the 8th and 9th months, spend extra time on the nipples to prepare for nursing.
  • Foot massage: It helps to induce deep relaxation, improve sleep and avoid stress.
  • Head massage helps in relaxing mind, relieving anxiety.
  • Body massagehelps relaxation and strengthening of muscles, joints and bones. Relieves aches and pains.
  • Calf massage helps to relieve leg cramps.

Massage can be dry but massage with the warm medicinal oil is

When the daily massage is done from early days, it helps to avoid the stretch marks, itching sensation and dark skin discoloration caused by pregnancy.

Some studies revealed that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Also it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.

Other benefits of prenatal massage:

  • Reduced back pain and joint pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced edema
  • Reduced muscle tension and headache
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Better sleep
  • Provide nourishment to the fetus

Precautions for Prenatal Massage?

As with any therapeutic approach to pregnant women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.

Best Oil to Massage in Pregnancy?
Sesame oil
Mahanarayana oil
Narayana taila
Ksheerabala taila
Kottamchukkadi taila

The best essential oils are Lemon, Lavender, Almond, Mandarin, Fennel, Jasmine etc.

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda

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