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Finding Relief: Managing Pain in the Third Trimester with Watsu® Prenatal Massage


Pregnancy's third trimester can bring a host of discomforts for expectant mothers, from back pain to pelvic discomfort, swollen limbs to stress. Managing these pains becomes a top priority. In this blog, we'll explore how Watsu® Prenatal Massage can offer much-needed relief from these physical discomforts, providing a soothing sanctuary amidst the challenges of the third trimester.

Understanding the Pain

As your body undergoes the incredible journey of pregnancy, it's common to experience various types of pain and discomfort. Back pain, often exacerbated by the growing weight of your belly, can make daily activities challenging. Pelvic discomfort, caused by hormonal changes and the pressure of your expanding uterus, can be particularly uncomfortable. Swollen limbs, a common symptom in the third trimester due to fluid retention, can add to your discomfort. Additionally, the stress and anxiety associated with pregnancy can exacerbate physical discomfort. However, Watsu prenatal can help alleviate these pains, offering you peace and relaxation.

Finding Relief with Watsu® Prenatal Massage

Watsu® Prenatal Massage offers a gentle and effective way to manage these pains and discomforts during the third trimester. Conducted in a warm pool, Watsu® sessions provide a supportive environment where expectant mothers can experience relief from these physical discomforts.

Back Pain Relief

Back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy, often caused by the increased weight of the growing baby and changes in posture. The buoyancy of the water in Watsu® sessions helps reduce the effect of gravity on the body, allowing expectant mothers to experience a sense of weightlessness. This, combined with gentle movements and stretches, can alleviate tension in the back muscles. Plus, you get to enjoy the sensation of floating, which might be the closest thing to weightlessness you'll experience until you board that spaceship to the Moon.

Pelvic Discomfort Alleviation

Pelvic discomfort is another common issue during pregnancy, caused by hormonal changes and the pressure of the growing uterus. The supportive nature of the water in Watsu® sessions can help relieve pressure on the pelvis, easing discomfort and promoting relaxation in the pelvic area. The warmth of the water can also help relax the muscles, further reducing pelvic pain. It's like getting a warm hug from the pool, a kind of unconditional support from any position. Yes, finally, you can rest in a position that works for you!

Reduction of Swelling

Swelling, or edema, is a common symptom in the third trimester of pregnancy, often affecting the hands, feet, and ankles. The hydrostatic pressure of the water in Watsu® sessions can assist in reducing swelling in the limbs by promoting better circulation. The pressure from the water helps to push excess fluid out of the tissues, reducing swelling. So, if you're tired of feeling like Cinderella's stepsister trying to squeeze into shoes that just won't fit, Watsu® might be the answer :)

Stress Reduction

Stress and anxiety are common during pregnancy, and they can further exacerbate physical discomfort. The warm water and nurturing touch of Watsu® promote deep relaxation, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. The relaxation response induced by Watsu® can have a positive impact on both the mother and the baby, reducing the risk of complications associated with stress during pregnancy. Plus, you get to enjoy some quiet time in the pool, away from the chaos of daily life, and bond with your baby. Many pregnant clients told me that it is a profound connection with their babies because they are both being floated in warmth and protection.

Research Supporting Watsu® Prenatal Massage

Recent research highlights the benefits of Watsu® Prenatal Massage for pregnant women. The study found that participants who underwent regular Watsu® sessions experienced significant reductions in stress, pain, and mood during the third trimester. Additionally, participants reported improvements in overall well-being and quality of life.


As you navigate the challenges of pregnancy's third trimester, finding relief from physical discomforts becomes essential for your well-being. Watsu® Prenatal Massage offers a gentle and effective solution for managing these pains, providing a sanctuary of relief amidst the challenges of pregnancy. Experience the transformative benefits of Watsu® for yourself and discover a newfound sense of comfort and relaxation during this special time in your life.

 Diana Cheng is passionate in helping pregnant women to relieve back pain and anxiety
Diana Cheng, B.A.Sc., Certified Watsu® Practitioner

Diana Cheng is a Somatic Coach and a Certified Watsu® Practitioner in Vancouver BC, Canada. She is passionate about helping people to be themselves again.

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