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Abhyanga, the practice of self-massage with warm oil prior to a bath is not recommended in pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. This is because abhyanga is a firm, strong, and flowing massage technique.
However, during the second and third trimesters, gentle and soothing massage application proves to beneficial for mother as well as the baby. Regular self-massage soaks through the seven dhatus of the body and helps in healthy growth of the baby.
To begin with think of sneha, the love. Offer love and care to yourself and your baby.
Warm half a cup of Ayurvedic herbal oil for 5 minutes.
Undress fully. Begin softly massaging the oil to the crown of the head and the face. Then work your way down to the breast, the nipples, and the abdomen.
Use long, up and down strokes on the long bones of the legs and arms. On your joints (elbows, shoulders, and knees) move your palms in a circular pattern.
While applying oil on the belly, move your palm gently in a wider circular pattern.
Allow a minimum of 10 minutes for the oil to soak in as you’re not vigorously massaging the muscles during pregnancy
Post massage, enjoy a nice, warm bath, rinse off the excess oil.
After the bath, pat yourself dry yourself with a soft cloth. Refrain from using any moisturizer if possible. The massage helps the body maintain its moisture level, so you won’t need anything extra.
The practice of self-massage gives relief from itchiness, dryness, skin discolouration, stretch marks, and the anxiety and stress that women often experience during pregnancy.
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