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Elaine Stillerman LMT

Feeling a little achy? Is your back a bit sore and are your feet swollen? Yup, you’re pregnant all right. The good news is that you can enjoy a wonderful massage that will eliminate most of these common discomforts and leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. Not only does it feel good, but a massage, provided by a specially trained practitioner, does a tremendous amount of good for you and your baby from the first trimester through the end of your pregnancy.

A trained maternity massage practitioner can relax you with a safe and effective prenatal massage that increases circulation, addresses your muscle aches and pains from your growing baby and reduces the excess fluid you are retaining.

Recent studies have shown that the more stressed an expectant mother is, the more stressed her developing baby feels. Now image the reverse: the calmer and more relaxed you are the happier and more relaxed your baby will be. Which would you choose? The effects of stress can cause serious health consequences during pregnancy (and labour), so you want to find ways to clear your mind and stay mellow.

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Mama Mio offers you several different ways to keep stress at bay. Our relaxing “Free Your Mind” treatment is a wonderful way to enjoy 45 minutes of deep relaxation. A cooling Mama Mio Eye Compress along with our sumptuous pulse-point Gravida aromatherapy begins to melt away your worries. A gentle face and head massage followed by a deep neck and shoulder massage completes the relaxation treatment.

A prenatal massage can alleviate many of the common discomforts of pregnancy, help you to sleep better at night, reduce the swelling in your legs, provide a greater acceptance of your changing body, reduce stress and anxiety levels and prepare you for labour. During the 40 weeks of pregnancy, your body undergoes dramatic changes that can be supported by a professional massage. And it feels wonderful!

In addition, the use of emollient creams and lotions can treat many of the common skin ailments that are associated with pregnancy. Your skin undergoes many changes too. You may notice a change in pigmentation in the form of a darkened line that runs from the centre of your pubic bone, just above your navel. This linea nigra will fade after your baby is born, but some lactation consultants claim that it serves as a guide, or road map, for the new-born to find the breast.

You may notice darkened blotches on your face. This is called chloamsa, or the mask of pregnancy. It will get darker if you spend any time in the sun without sun protection so remember to put some on whenever you leave the house. Once your baby is born, this too will fade.

Sometimes pregnant women get itchy palms and bottoms of the feet. Palmar erythema turns your hands and feet red. This also disappears after the birth of your baby. Are you noticing how much faster you tan when you sit in the sun? The hormone MSH is working overtime to protect you from sunburns.

For those of you with acne, pregnancy can either clear it up or make it worse. Skin eruptions are quite common due to the increased levels of estrogen. Make sure you eat a well-balanced diet, avoid excessive amounts of sugar and drink plenty of water to keep your skin clean. Avoid taking anti-acne prescription medications during pregnancy because they have been linked to birth defects.

Unique to pregnancy and often occurring and disappearing during your second trimester are itchy, red, and raised pimples or patches called PUPPP (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) which appear across the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and legs. Only a very small percentage of women develop this.

When people talk about “that certain glow” pregnant women develop, it’s true. There is an explanation for it. As your blood volume increases throughout your pregnancy, superficial blood vessels carry more blood which can be seen in your face. In addition, your oil (sebaceous) glands are producing more oil, so you naturally glow without any additional exertion. The increased circulation also creates spider veins (nevi) just below the surface of the skin. The walls of these veins weaken as a result of hormonal influences ad the increased blood volume. Once the vessels walls have stretched, they may never disappear.

Skin tags might develop where the skin rubs against something else such as clothing or skin-to-skin contact. Moles appear darker, but shouldn’t change shape or size.

As your baby grows and your skin stretches, you might notice itchy, dry skin. Avoid using perfumed soaps which tend to be drying, and lubricate after each shower while your skin is slightly damp.

Of course, nearly every pregnant woman is concerned about stretch marks (striae gravidarum) which may appear on your abdomen (especially the lower portion), breasts, buttocks and thighs. There are three factors that contribute to the possible breakdown of the skin’s collagen. First of all, there seems to be a genetic predisposition to them. If your mother had them when she was pregnant, you have a higher chance of developing them as well. In addition, hormones and the amount of weight you gain can also have a strong impact on your skin tone. A good emollient cream, such as Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Cream or Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil, can add moisture to treat the dryness and itching and keep those lines to a minimum. In time, these red marks will fade, but your skin’s suppleness will be permanently changed.

After your baby is born, Mama Mio Tummy Toner and Stretch Mark Minimiser will help tone your over-stretched skin and help fade any stretch marks you may have developed. Ask in store for more details!

 

Article by Elaine Stillerman, LMT

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Safety First As mothers, we take your trust in our products very seriously. We understand what it is to be pregnant and the tremendous pressures that go with making tiny miracles.

Mama Mio go above and beyond the current safety regulations to ensure your confidence during this magical time of creation. All Mama Mio products are produced at an FDA approved laboratory to ensure that our scrupulous standards are met throughout production. Then for increased peace of mind, all products tested by an independent pharmaceutical analytical laboratory (also FDA approved.) Mama Mio products are not tested on animals, but have been thoroughly tested on pregnant volunteers. Mama Mio products are paraben and petrolatum free.

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