Aches & Pains of Pregnancy

It's amazing how much pregnancy changes every year - from maternity fashion and baby names to popular childbirth techniques and medical advice. There is one thing that stays the same: the aches and pains of pregnancy.

According to the New York Times, there is a surge in narotic perscriptions (heavy-duty painkillers like codeine or hydrocodone) during pregnancy. Narcotics may double the risk of neural tube defects, like spina bifida. 

The article is extremely concerning, and it validates what we at Belly Friendly do for a living. When we opened our first spa more than 10 years ago, it was to give moms-to-be a place where pregnancy and the changes in mom's body are understood. As mom's belly grows and her body expands to accommodate a baby, there is going to be some discomfort. It's no wonder our number one service is prenatal massage!

Prenatal massage is an excellent way to alleviate the common discomforts from pregnancy – backache, shoulder and neck strain, edema of the hands and feet etc. To insure that mom’s specific needs are being addressed, our spas gather details before the massage so they can provide a customized service designed to bring relief and comfort.

Spread the word. If a mom is in pain, she may want to talk to her doctor about trying natural forms of relief such as prenatal massage.