File another one under “we-knew-this-already-but-it’s-nice-to-have-it-substantiated-in-the-literature”:
Massage during pregnancy given by a significant other will help everyone feel better! 🙂
In the July issue of Infant Behavior and Development an article titled, “Pregnancy massage reduces prematurity, low birthweight and postpartum depression”, the authors report that pregnant women who received massages by their significant other twice weekly for twelve weeks (as compared to the control group who received standard treatment) not only had a decrease in depression during the treatment period but also had reduced depression and cortisol levels during the postpartum period.
The newborn babies also had lower cortisol levels and were less likely to be born premature or have low birth weights.
The massage part sounds wonderful. So does the intimate connection between the pregnant woman and her significant other.
Ahhhhhhhhh….. now THAT is, indeed, a powerful therapeutic intervention.