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Prenatal Massage 

Benefits of Prenatal Massage?

Prenatal Massage can ease some of the aches and pains of pregnancy and help you relax. It may also reduce swelling, improve mood, and help relieve some pregnancy depression and anxiety.

 

Before getting a pregnancy massage, ensure your medical provider is okay with the treatment.

Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders.

 

Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, meaning your pelvic joints are less stable, and it also changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add the extra weight you're carrying, and you may have an aching lower back.

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When to get a Prenatal Massage

You can get a prenatal massage at any point in pregnancy, as long as you have your doctor or midwife's okay. 

 

I should be able to help you get comfortable at every stage of your pregnancy. In the beginning, it may be uncomfortable to lie facedown because of your tender, swollen breasts. And it may be difficult to lie facedown on a traditional massage table once your belly has started to grow.

 

You can lie on your side with pillows, wedges, or a full-length body pillow for support. 

 

If lying facedown on a special pregnancy massage table stresses your lower back, try lying on your side or ask me to help you find a comfortable position.

 

Prenatal Massage Benefits

Prenatal massage is an excellent way to relax and improve circulation. The benefits of massage for pregnant women are limited, but small studies suggest that prenatal massage may also:

  • Improve mood and lower stress levels

  • Help with pregnancy depression and anxiety  

  • Lower the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight in infants of women with prenatal depression

  • Reduce swelling in the legs

 

Getting a pregnancy massage can also put you in a more relaxed state of mind to help you cope with all the significant changes that are going on in your life.

If you decide to get a massage, it's important to tell me that you're pregnant. And let me know immediately if anything – including your position – causes discomfort during the massage.

 

I may ask for clearance from your doctor or midwife before treating you, so ask about that. 

When is a Prenatal Massage Unsafe?

Having a prenatal massage may be risky in a few situations, such as:

  • You have a blood clot or a bone fracture.

  • You have a skin injury or condition that could be aggravated by rubbing. These include burns, open wounds, skin infections, or eczema.

  • You've had an allergic reaction to massage oils.

 

Bottom Line

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about whether it would be okay to have a prenatal massage.

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