As a mother-to-be grows her baby, she will undergo many physical and emotional changes. Some of these changes unfortunately include back pain, joint pain, and swelling. Massage can provide some reprieve from a pregnant mother’s daily discomforts. A prenatal massage therapist can generally use all techniques to reduce the discomfort of their pregnant client, though some accommodations must be made to ensure mom’s comfort and baby’s safety. Techniques need to be modified to suit the side-lying position. It can be tricky to apply the right pressure to certain body parts when the client is side-lying, but as David says, “With the right training and practice a side-lying massage can be as effective as a prone/supine massage.” Any mother who has ever weathered the fatigue, sore back, stiff hips and swollen ankles of pregnancy could attest to the immediate comfort of a good prenatal massage.