Massage can be a wonderful complement to self-care during and after pregnancy. Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage — to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, increase circulation and mobility, and just make you feel relaxed and cared for. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women. Prenatal massage can help reduce some of the physical and emotional stress that can accompany pregnancy. Benefits can include relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs as well as reducing swelling and enhancing the pliability of the skin and underlying tissue. Continuing regular massage following pregnancy can support new mothers with the physical and emotional strains of mothering.