Aching back? Trouble sleeping? Sounds like someone could use a massage.
It also sounds like someone's experiencing common pregnancy symptoms, some of which can be significantly alleviated by a good massage therapist. Hands-on body work like Swedish massage, one of the most popular massage styles, is known to offer back-pain relief, and it's often credited with improving mood, easing anxiety and helping people sleep better.
But many massage studios don't offer prenatal massage. Others limit it to the second and third trimesters. Some obstetricians hesitate to endorse it. Yet massage-therapy schools offer training in prenatal massage, and many women swear by the sweet relief.
There's some general confusion about whether maternity massage can cause pregnancy complications. Here, a look at the debate: Are there good reasons to stay away from the massage table during pregnancy, or even during the first trimester?
A lack of controlled scientific study on the topic makes the issue a little hazy, but there are a few points most experts can agree on ...