Not only has medical research shown that massage will help mothers relieve immediate symptoms during pregnancy, but it also helps with shortening labour hours and significantly reduce the labour pain. With these natural pain management methods, this results in a lower administration of drugs and painkillers into the body. Postnatal complications are reduced, thus hospital stay is shorter, and incidence of postnatal depression are significantly reduced!
As for the benefits of prenatal massage affecting the baby, the overall well being and happiness of the mother is directly related to the development of the baby. High stress level or depression releases the chemical cortisols which contributes to the baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight. Massage can help reduce the chances of these effects on the baby.