Woman can receive this massage at any point in their pregnancy. Massage can help to alleviate many of the physiological, musculoskeletal, and emotional stresses that can accompany pregnancy. It increases blood and lymph circulation, thereby relieving swelling in the legs as well as hands. It alleviates strain on weight-bearing joints and myofascial structures to provide relief from muscle spasms and cramps. It can also relieve pain from varicosities. This treatment provides general stress reduction, allowing women to approach labor with more confidence and less anxiety.