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  • Anne Curtis Wants 'Heavenly' Prenatal Massage From Husband Erwan Heussaff

    Many husbands have learned a few massage strokes to relieve their preggo wives of aches and pains.
    by Rachel Perez .
Anne Curtis Wants 'Heavenly' Prenatal Massage From Husband Erwan Heussaff
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  • More than a week ago, on February 13, 2020, preggo mom Anne Curtis gushed about having the best massage of her life. She's on the last stretch of her pregnancy now and could give birth at any time.

    “I just had the best massage of my life. I’m not kidding. I’m almost at 37 weeks, and I can feel the heaviness in my hips and lower back... but today was just heavenly,” the actress wrote on Instagram. All moms know the third trimester can take a toll on a woman’s body.

    Still, she couldn’t help but wonder how amazing it would be if her husband, Erwan Huessaff, could give her a massage just as relaxing. “If a woman is pregnant, the husband should take classes on pregnancy massages para if the aches come, instant ung relief. Ang saya nun,” Anne shared.

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    Based on the comments on her Instagram post, many women rallied behind the preggo mom's idea, but her husband didn't agree. Erwan left a comment on his wife’s post. “I firmly believe that if someone is better than me at something, they should be doing it, not me,” he wrote.

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    But on the next day, Valentine’s day, Anne shared a photo of Erwan carrying a bouquet of flowers for her. “Can’t wait for my pregnancy massage later,” she quipped. But it was not clear if the food vlogger and entrepreneur gave her pregnant wife a massage.

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    Anne is not the only celebrity mom raving about prenatal massages or massages done during pregnancy. Kylie Padilla, Karel Marquez, Camille Prats, Rona Tai, and many more swear by prenatal and postnatal massages (massages after giving birth).

    Prenatal massages benefit the mom and unborn baby

    Prenatal and postnatal massages have been a practice known as hilot. Massages during pregnancy have many benefits, according to the American Pregnancy Association. It can relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve blood circulation and mobility, regulate hormones, and lift your mood.

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    Better hormone levels mean a strengthened immune system for the pregnant woman and reduced chances of having depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Improved blood circulation means that more oxygen to the body organs to function well and to the baby inside the womb to receive the nutrients he/she needs.

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    The benefits of prenatal massages may lead to reduced chances of complications during birth and fewer complications in the baby. (Click here to read more about the benefits.) Still, before you indulge your pregnant self and bask in its benefits, you need to clear it with your doctor first.

    When your OB-gyn has given you the go-ahead, opt for a massage therapist trained and licensed to work on pregnant women. OB-gyn Rebecca B. Singson, M.D., warns that preggos "shouldn’t have a prenatal massage with someone who isn’t trained to do it. Prenatal massage can be bad if not done well, but it can be very good.”

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    Want your husband to do it for instant relief at any time? Let's face it: If you're in the third trimester, everything aches most of the time, right? Some birth classes offer to teach husbands a few strokes (maybe not a whole body massage) so they can help relieve their pregnant wives of aches and pains, even during labor.

    Having a prenatal massage done by a trained specialist can be relaxing. Still, try not to fall asleep so you can control the intensity of the strokes and tell the therapist if it's too much for you. If you feel any discomfort at any point in a massage, stop immediately.

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