Prenatal Massage Benefits

Prenatal Massage Benefits

Prenatal Massage Benefits

Pregnancy and birth are some of the greatest miracles of life, yet they come with their fair share of challenges. Backaches, swollen joints, and sore muscles are all common occurrences during pregnancy. Fortunately, research has shown that a prenatal massage can be of immense help in getting some relief from the discomfort. 

Whether it’s getting a quick foot rub from your partner or letting an expert trained in prenatal massage work some magic on your muscles, there are plenty of reasons you should add a prenatal massage to your routine.

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Here are some reasons we love recommending prenatal massage:

Reduces swelling

Almost every mother-to-be experiences swelling in their feet, legs, and hands caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels. A massage can help stimulate the soft tissue and decrease fluid buildup, leading to a reduction in discomfort.

Relieves lower back pain

Many women suffer from sciatic nerve pain in late pregnancy. This is because the uterus rests on the pelvic floor muscles and lower back, which puts pressure on the leg muscles and nearby nerves. A prenatal massage addresses the inflamed nerves and releases tension on muscles, which provides relief from lower back pain.

Improves sleep quality

It’s pretty common to experience difficulty sleeping during all stages of pregnancy due to physical discomfort, stress, and anxiety. A prenatal massage relaxes the nervous system and releases the feel-good hormones, so you feel relaxed and sleep better.

Relaxation and stress reduction

A prenatal massage can also boost mood and enhance the overall well-being of a parent-to-be. According to a study, women who received a series of prenatal massages showed significantly reduced stress hormone levels and increased immune function. Another research found that prenatal massages can help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.

Is it Completely Safe?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, women can begin massage at any point during a pregnancy. But generally, prenatal massages are considered safe second trimester onwards!

It’s a good idea to consult with your physician before you opt for a prenatal massage. Also, get it done by an expert so that you know you’re in safe hands. 

How to Give A Prenatal Massage at Home

It’s best if an expert gives prenatal massages, but if you’re on bed rest or simply want to indulge in this relaxation technique at home, you can do so by looping in your partner. 

Most pregnant women prefer receiving prenatal massages either lying sideways or in a kneeling position, as it can be difficult to lie on the back or stomach during pregnancy. However, keep in mind that prenatal massages are slightly different from regular massages, so your partner might have to alter the massage pressure and pattern constantly.

We hope this helps you ease those aches and pains!

Transferring Care to Minnesota Birth Center

Transferring Care to Minnesota Birth Center

Transferring Care

Over the course of your pregnancy, you will inevitably learn and unlearn so many things about having a baby and being pregnant. During this time, it’s natural to feel a shift in your usual birthing philosophy.

A lot of women feel unsatisfied with the care they receive at hospitals and might want to transfer their care to a stand-alone birth center such as the Minnesota Birth Center, for better care, individualized attention, and natural techniques of coping with labor. 

If you’re considering transferring your care to Minnesota Birth Center, here’s what you need to know!

What Are The Prerequisites

Before you choose to transfer your care, know that Minnesota Birth Center specializes in natural physiological birth without medical intervention. Please review our list of risk factors that might prevent you from having a natural birth. 

If you feel that you’re a candidate for a natural birth, here are some things to think about while transferring care:

  • Get a complete record of your prenatal care (so far) from your previous place of care transferred to Minnesota Birth Center
  • Attend the Minnesota Birth Center orientation
  • Consider attending classes on birth education if it’s your first pregnancy
  • Ask us about doula services

How Can I Transfer My Care?

Book an appointment or email us to let us know that you’re interested in transferring your care. If you’re emailing us, make sure to mention your current gestational age and past birthing history. Also, mention your current care provider and your reason for seeking a transfer. We’ll guide you from there onwards.

You will have to arrange for the transfer of medical records for the current pregnancy using the release of information form and having it faxed to us at (612) 224-9622. Please ensure that your medical records are transferred to us prior to your visit and that you plan on attending the orientation. Our team will then review your records and confirm your transfer. 

How Late In The Pregnancy Can I Transfer?

We recommend women come establish care before their 32nd week to help build the relationships with our midwives. However, we might accept transfers later than that in some circumstances. Send us a message today to start your care with us! 

Well-Woman Care at Minnesota Birth Center

Well-Woman Care at Minnesota Birth Center

Well-Woman Care at Minnesota Birth Center

Even if you’re not pregnant, proactively taking care of your health should be of paramount importance. According to experts, every woman must have a yearly well-woman checkup.

What Happens During A Well-Woman Check-Up?

Well-woman care is focused on preventive care for women, rather than care for a specific disease or illness. It includes:

  • A detailed history of your overall health during the past year, along with any notable changes or concerns you’d like to talk about
  • An examination of the genitals and breasts 


Your health provider may suggest additional screening tests or treatment based on your history and physical exam. 

Some services we offer at the Minnesota Birth Center include:

  • Pap smears
  • UTI testing & treatment
  • STI testing & treatment
  • Treatment for period problems
  • Treatment for painful sex
  • Preconception counseling
  • Birth control and family planning, including IUD placement
  • Prescribing of certain medications

Importance of Well-Woman Care

The entire concept of well-woman visits is based on the idea that regular preventive care helps us deal with serious diseases and morbidity associated with them. Along with preventing disease, the importance of counseling regarding birth control, sexual health, and preconception care is immense in improving women’s reproductive health. Women who are counseled regarding reproductive health are better equipped to take care of themselves during pregnancy, menopause, and other physiological changes in their bodies.

Difference Between Well-Woman Care At a Birth Center and OB/GYN

At a birth center like the Minnesota Birth Center, we believe in making all aspects of your care, including well-woman visits, as comfortable for you as possible.

We have created a home-like environment for our clients at the birth center. You will be able to tell this the minute you step into our waiting rooms, which are designed to be comfortable and peaceful and avoid the clinical feeling of typical health care practices.

Our appointment times are longer because our checkups are more comprehensive. This is different from the usual OB/GYN appointments that seem to only last for 5 minutes before they’re calling in the next patient!

Overall, well-woman care at a birth center is aimed to be more personalized to each client by providing a close-to-home, comfortable environment. The aspects of care covered during this visit are pretty similar to what you would experience in a hospital setting, except that a licensed doctor might be able to offer certain surgical interventions that we can’t.

The Minnesota Birth Center accepts all major insurances for well-care visits. They include the following:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Medica
  • HealthPartners
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare
  • UMR
  • United Health Care. In addition, MBC is a participating provider with United for the VA Community Care Network program.

For clients with Medical Assistance, we are able to accept coverage via straight MA, BCBS-MA or UCare-MA. Regardless of your insurance company, be sure to call them ahead of time and make sure they cover well-woman care at the Minnesota Birth Center.

Call us today to book your well-woman visit with us!