Being pregnant is labor of love, especially if you’ve already got a mini-herd of miniatures racing around the place. Luckily, there’s no reason to play the Mommy Martyr. Go get yourself a good old-fashioned rub down at one of the following hot spots around town, and take a load off before D-day arrives.

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The Pregnancy Massage Center
With five certified pregnancy massage therapists on staff, you can count on an incredible experience at the hands of someone who understands the physical strain of pregnancy, and even postpartum. As if the idea of someone rubbing your aching body wasn’t enough to make up your mind, consider this: The Pregnancy Massage Center’s nifty ergonomic cushions prop you up in a way that takes the pressure off your spine and surrounding muscles, and there is no pressure on your abdomen at all. The bottom line? These folks know what they’re doing.

Details: The Pregnancy Massage Center, 1164 N. Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, 678-462-2173, Click here for pricing and scheduling information

Natural Body Spa
Another option that offers the services of certified pregnancy massage therapists, NBS has both male and female therapists on hand to address the aches and pains of pregnancy. During a massage, the mama-to-be will alternate positions from an incline wedge to being on her side, and ultimately gets to call the shots on what is comfortable versus what just doesn’t work. And since we all know that being pregnant represents losing major control over things, isn’t it appealing to get a little bit of that control back, even for an hour?

Details: Natural Body Spa, Multiple locations, Click here for appointments, $85 per 60 minutes, $125 per 90 minutes

Garden View Massage
Located in Decatur, this ensemble of talented massage therapists might be able to tell you what you’re going to be feeling throughout your pregnancy before you even experience it. Lower back pain? Loose ligaments that change your posture? Stress on you neck? Back? Carrying extra weight? Been there, done that. They know all about it. They’ll take care of you.

Details: Garden View Massage, 215 Church Street, Suite 108, Decatur, GA 30030, 404-377-2909, $75 per 60 minutes, $100 per 90 minutes, Packages available

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta
Some days, Mama needs to live a little. If you’re up for a little splurge that doesn’t involve a trip to Baskin Robbins, head over to The Spa at Mandarin Oriental for either a 50 or 80 minute prenatal massage. As with all their spa treatments, you’ll be invited to hang out (or hide out, as the case may be) and enjoy the rest of the spa amenities while you’re there.

Details: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, 3376 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-995-7500, $135 for 50 minutes, $185 for 80 minutes

The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation
For the baby-mooners, or for the girls trip planners out there, pack your bags and head out of the city for an easy drive to Lake Oconee, where the Spa awaits. Did we mention they have a S’mores concierge every night? But we digress. The prenatal massage is performed by a certified prenatal therapist, and while you’re there, you should indulge in one of their signature Safe for Baby facials. You’ll return home feeling and looking human again.

Details: The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Resort and Spa, 1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro, GA 30642, 706-467-0600, $145 per 50 minute massage, $215 per 80 minutes with body scrub massage, $145 per 50 minute facial, $215 per 80 minute facial

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—Shelley Massey

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