Pregnancy: massages and natural advice to welcome baby in the best conditions

During pregnancy, joy and euphoria alternate with fatigue and multiple tensions. For 9 months you will live an incredible experience and give priority to the life that develops within you. To accompany all these changes, taking care of yourself with massages and natural care advice will help you get through this period as well as possible.

During pregnancy, the body changes, prenatal massage will allow you to get in touch with your body and accept the bodily changes in order to better approach childbirth.

Different massage techniques will be used to relieve tension, back pain and help tissues and muscles to relax. It is also a first contact with her baby as well as an aid to the adaptation of her body which changes to give life.

The first care to bring to yourself when you are pregnant and to allow yourself time to prepare your skin, soften it and avoid cracks or stretch marks. For this you can use organic vegetable oil of wheat germ, chili rosehip, avocado or macadamia. You can also prepare your own mixture. For back tension, arnica oil will be ideal. Calophylle oil with tonic properties, will promote blood and lymphatic circulation, it will be the ideal ally to reduce the feeling of heavy legs.

Which essential oils when you are pregnant?

By mouth, essential oils are to be avoided throughout pregnancy. In massage, they are to be avoided the first 3 months of pregnancy and throughout pregnancy in massage on the stomach or breasts. However, you can use 2 to 3 drops diluted in an organic vegetable oil and massage the area concerned (eg HE of lavender for back and leg muscle contractures). You can also diffuse your essential oils in the atmosphere thanks to an electric diffuser. Ask your pharmacist for confirmation before use.

Prenatal massage is also an opportunity to share a privileged moment as a couple. The future dad can participate in the massage session and help you massage your belly, first contact and creation of the bond with baby, a moment full of sweetness. The massage will also soothe the mind, and reduce the stress of the future mother, Zen mother for a happy baby.

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Coping better with the minor ailments of pregnancy: nausea and vomiting

The causes are multiple: hypoglycemia, hormonal changes. In order to avoid these inconveniences, a change of habit and a food re-education can be put in place.

Avoid industrial products and favor simple and tasty home cooking, enriched with seasonal fruits and vegetables. No fried products (pregnant women are sensitive to strong cooking smells), but include the “good fats” omega 3 and 6 necessary for the future mother and also for the growth and proper development of the baby. Split your meals for better digestion, and drink preferably between meals in small sips. Have breakfast in the morning or 1 hour after getting up.

Fennel, mint or ginger infusion

To improve your digestive comfort you can choose Infusion of fennel seed, mint before the meal (2-3 cups / day) or ginger after the meal (anti-nausea remedy in the 1st trimester, and anti-heartburn in the 2nd quarter). (An Australian study, published in 2004 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecologyconducted on 291 pregnant women less than 16 weeks, showed that ginger was as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.) Acupuncture can also relieve nausea, and support pregnant women throughout throughout pregnancy.

For a serene pregnancy, other techniques can be used to accompany you such as osteopathy, prenatal yoga, relaxation, sound massage, meditation, sophrology. At the end of pregnancy, take advantage of childbirth lessons offered by a midwife with haptonomy, prenatal singing, perineal massage. . . They will help the mother-to-be to better cope with all these changes, and prepare for the baby’s arrival with peace of mind.

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Dominique GENELOT, Naturopath

Naturopath specializing in (holistic) massage and relaxation, particularly sound massage with Tibetan bowls. Dominique accompanies people who wish to improve or maintain their quality of life by carrying out a vitality assessment, and by giving them advice on healthy living. She uses natural methods such as: food, plants, essential oils, and more particularly relaxation and massages.

For more information, you can reach Dominique directly at this address: [email protected]


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