Are prenatal massages safe?

When should you not get a prenatal massage?

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.

What are the risks of prenatal massage?

you are at high risk of miscarriage. you have a high-risk pregnancy (such as due to preeclampsia or high blood pressure) you have a blood clot, for example deep vein thrombosis. you have abdominal pain or bleeding.

Are prenatal massages good for you?

Research shows prenatal massage therapy can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.

What is different about a prenatal massage?

Prenatal massage predominantly uses the Swedish massage technique, which focuses on long, sweeping strokes with only minimal pressure applied to the body. Deep tissue pressure, which is common in other therapeutic massages, won’t be used as it could potentially be harmful to mother or baby.

Can you lay on your stomach for a massage while pregnant?

As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.

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Can I use a massage gun on my back while pregnant?

With appropriate and safe settings, percussive vibration therapy through Recovapro can be effective in relieving low back pain during pregnancy. The application of gentle pressures through vibration can significantly reduce muscle pain and increase muscle pain threshold.

How often should you get prenatal massages?

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.

Are foot rubs safe during pregnancy?

While a foot massage sounds tempting, you might wonder if it’s safe during pregnancy. Fortunately, as long as you avoid specific areas on the foot and ankle that may trigger uterine contractions and cervical ripening, you can enjoy the soothing foot massage you’re already dreaming about.

What do I wear to a prenatal massage?

Pregnancy massage can be performed with as much or as little clothing as you’re comfortable wearing – it’s always a personal decision. Usually we recommend that you keep underwear on, and we use towels for coverage so only the parts that are being massaged are exposed.

When should I do perineal massage?

perineal massage is not easy, but preparing your perineum will stretch those muscles and give you the best chance of having a better birth experience. It is recommended to start perineal massage from 34 weeks pregnant, doing it 3-4 times a week, for around 3 or 4 minutes at a time.