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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy When you're pregnant, stay away from the following foods : Unpasteurized milk and foods manufactured with unpasteurized milk (soft cheeses such as feta, queso Blanco and fresco, Camembert, brie, and blue-veined cheeses, unless labelled "made with pasteurised milk") Meats for lunchtime and hot dogs (unless they are heated until steaming hot before serving) Seafood, eggs, and meat that is raw or undercooked. Sushi produced with raw fish should be avoided (cooked sushi is safe). Refrigerated pâté and meat spreads Refrigerated smoked seafood Guidelines for Safe Food Handling When handling and cooking food, remember to follow these general food safety guidelines: Wash. Before eating, cutting, or cooking, thoroughly rinse all raw vegetables under running tap water. Clean. After handling and preparing raw meals, wash your hands, knives, surfaces, and cutting boards. Cook. Cook beef, pig, or poultry until the internal temperature reaches a safe l

The Benefits of Massage during Pregnancy

Massage during Pregnancy


During pregnancy, the body undergoes some rather fundamental changes, such as postural changes, a massive input of hormones, weight growth, bigger breasts, increased plasma and blood volume, and organ movement. As a result, the travel may be unpleasant, and all pregnant women should expect aches and discomfort.

Regular massage during this time, according to a growing body of research, is a safe, drug-free, soothing technique to minimise and relieve the usual discomforts you may be feeling. It has the potential to improve not just your own physical and emotional health, but also the health of your child.

Let's take a look at some of the most common pregnancy-related issues and how massage therapy might help.

Low back pain/ Sciatica

During pregnancy, around half of all women have low back pain. The musculoskeletal system is affected by changes in body posture during pregnancy because the centre of gravity shifts.

As the muscles adjust to the new position, they may compress the sciatic nerve, causing pain to radiate down the leg from the lower back. Massage helps to loosen those muscles and relieve nerve pressure. It can also assist the surrounding joints and muscles have more range of motion and suppleness.

Muscle aches

The muscles that keep the pregnant mother upright now work harder, increasing the generation of toxins that essentially bind individual muscle fibres together, causing nerve endings to worsen and create discomfort. Massage helps to reduce pain by breaking down adhesions, releasing trigger points, and increasing circulation in the area, which helps to enhance oxygen and encourage toxin clearance.

Leg cramps

The exact cause of leg cramps during pregnancy has yet to be discovered, however, the extra pressure on the leg muscles is likely to be a contributing factor. Low levels of specific minerals (magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium), as well as a lack of blood flow through muscles due to extended sitting or lying down, could be contributing factors. Massage can help relieve cramps by increasing blood flow and stretching muscles.

Upper back pain/ headaches

Muscle imbalance can be caused by changes in body posture and a sudden rise in breast size and is regarded to be the main cause of acute upper back pain. Headaches are thought to be caused by an increase in blood volume moving throughout your body, as well as a rise in hormones (often aggravated by stress, poor posture, lack of sleep and dehydration). Massage eases tension in the head, neck, and shoulders by relieving muscle tension, releasing trigger points, stretching shortened muscles, and stretching shortened muscles.

Hormones

The hormones produced during pregnancy are responsible for a variety of physical and emotional changes in the mother. One of them (Relaxin) stimulates the musculoskeletal system to relax up, providing the joints with the flexibility they need to deliver the baby. Massage improves circulation around the joints, helping to relieve discomfort.

Stress levels typically climb during pregnancy. Massage reduces stress hormones, which helps to relieve anxiety, boost mood, and promote sleep. It also produces natural pain relief by increasing the production of endorphins and serotonin, which can help mothers and babies relax and reduce tension. Although further research is needed, it appears that lowering stress hormones can also lower the chances of early birth and complications during childbirth.

Inflammation

The increased pressure on the hip, knee, and ankle joints is caused by weight growth and an increase in plasma and blood volume. Reduced circulation and increased pressure on blood vessels are common causes of swelling. Massage stimulates soft tissues, which helps to minimise the accumulation of fluids in swollen joints and promotes the lymphatic system's clearance of waste materials. Massage reduces the risk of oedema, varicose veins, and blood clots by assisting blood flow into the legs.

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