Massage therapy during pregnancy is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy. In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies (and who are at least 14 weeks pregnant), can benefit greatly from a pregnancy massage. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult their doctor or midwife beforehand.