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Pregnancy Massage

One of the nicest gifts you can give yourself is a pregnancy massage. As your belly grows larger, the muscles in your shoulders and back have to work harder to keep you upright. Overworked muscles can tighten, and massage is a wonderful way to loosen them up.

Massage therapists who specialize in pregnancy massage have tables with fold-down panels that allow a pregnant woman to lie facedown with her belly supported but not squashed. You may also have a chair massage; the massage therapist will work on your shoulders and back as you sit in a chair and lean forward, resting your head on a padded surface.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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