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What is pregnancy massage?

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Pregnancy massage can help with these changes in your body by reducing stress, decreasing arm and leg swelling, and relieving muscle and joint pain. Massage may be particularly helpful during a time when medication and other medical options may be more limited. Using specially designed massage pillows, the massage therapist will help get you into a comfortable position for this type of massage.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Massage Therapy as CAM."

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Massage Therapists."

American Massage Therapy Association: "2008 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet;" "Choosing a Type of Massage;" "Glossary of Massage Terms;" and "Massage and Serious Health Conditions."

Washington State University: "UREC Massage Styles."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Massage Therapy as CAM."

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Massage Therapists."

American Massage Therapy Association: "2008 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet;" "Choosing a Type of Massage;" "Glossary of Massage Terms;" and "Massage and Serious Health Conditions."

Washington State University: "UREC Massage Styles."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

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