Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
Is it safe to get a massage while pregnant?
The American Pregnancy Association says that women can begin massage at any point during a pregnancy. However, many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy.
Where should you not massage when pregnant?
Experts stay safe by avoiding pressure points associated with the pelvis, wrists, hands, and ankles. Due to the risk of blood clots during pregnancy it is also important to avoid deep tissue massage in the legs.
What is prenatal massage?
A prenatal massage is a full body massage performed by a certified prenatal massage therapist that is similar to a Swedish massage (like what you might experience at a spa) except for a few modifications with body positioning that can ensure the safety and comfort for both mother and baby.
When is the best time to get a prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage during the third trimester is highly recommended because your body is most likely to be uncomfortable in this stage. However, we would advise moms to get the prenatal massage only up to two weeks before the EDD. During this period, you might be giving birth at any time.
Why can’t you get a massage in first trimester?
Many massage therapists won’t give pregnancy massages during the first trimester. The reason is the potential for miscarriage. Some pregnancy massage experts argue that pregnancy massage doesn’t, in itself, cause miscarriage, but no research has been done to show a link between a massage and a miscarriage.
When should you stop working when pregnant?
Most women can physically handle their usual workload up until about 32 to 34 weeks of pregnancy. Around this same time, many women are also shifting their mental focus from their job towards being a new mother, and that can affect the decision on when to stop working.
Can my boyfriend gave me a massage while pregnant?
However, during pregnancy they can feel particularly intolerable. By giving your partner regular massages you can help reduce the intensity, frequency and impact of stress and anxiety. You may also help to reduce heartburn, a common feature of pregnancy which can be exacerbated by stress.
Can I lay on my stomach for massage while pregnant?
As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.
How often should you get a prenatal massage?
For prenatal massage, it is recommended that your appointments coincide with your doctor visits. This means once a month until 27 weeks, and twice a month until 36 weeks. After that, it is recommended that you transition to weekly appointments until you give birth.
What are the benefits of a prenatal massage?
Other potential benefits of prenatal massage:
- Reduced back pain.
- Reduced joint pain.
- Improved circulation.
- Reduced edema.
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches.
- Reduced stress and anxiety.
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles.
- Better sleep.
What can I expect from a prenatal massage?
During a prenatal massage, the therapist will avoid using deep pressure on your abdomen and legs. Gentle pressure may be used, but deep pressure on your legs can cause problems if you have blood clots.