Therapeutic bodywork during pregnancy focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. Manual therapy enhances the function of muscles and joints. It also greatly improves circulation, general body tone, relieves mental fatigue and physical fatigue. Bodywork can relieve pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy and is useful for women in all stages of pregnancy, including post-partum. It enhances range of movement and circulation, reducing problems associated with swelling, including varicose veins and cramps.