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While the common representation of pregnant women is a little morning sickness followed by that maternal glow, the reality is often far from this as any pregnant woman can tell you.

Morning sickness for some unlucky women can be severe, will not be limited to the mornings and can last for the duration of the pregnancy. It’s just one of the many ‘essay writer’ that can occur. From back pain to bad skin, pregnancy can be a trying time, which is why there’s never been a better excuse to indulge in some much-deserved pampering. Every mum to be deserves to feel special. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Pregnancy massage is not only wonderfully relaxing, it can help prepare the muscles for childbirth, and may also assist with some of the side effects that tend to come and go during pregnancy. Sciatica, for instance, can often occur during pregnancy, with the growing baby pressing on the sciatic nerve and causing strong pain in the lower back and leg.

Massage has helped some woman with nausea, and it’s a great way to reduce stress. Pregnancy is an emotional time, and the anticipation and worry can leave some women feeling more than a little anxious. There are generally two positions for pregnancy massage: either lying on your side, or on your belly on a specially designed massage table that has a cut out for the stomach. This second option, in particular, is wonderfully relaxing.

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