Massage during pregnancy focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. Massage during pregnancy differs from a regular massage in a couple of ways. The biggest way it differs is that the person receiving the massage is pregnant, and therefore knowledge of pregnancy and the anatomy of a pregnant woman are very important. This means that positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby. It addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy> Massage therapy has been proven effective in hormone regulation, reducing swelling, helping to improve pain and general discomfort related to pregnancy.