What does a prenatal massage include?

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.

When should you get a prenatal massage?

Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. Many facilities will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because of the increased risk for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

What can I expect from a pregnancy massage?

In a traditional massage, you might spend half the time lying face-down on your stomach (which is not possible with a baby belly) and half the time facing up (a position that puts pressure on a major blood vessel that can disrupt blood flow to your baby and leave you feeling nauseous).

Are prenatal massages safe?

When performed properly, prenatal massage is not only safe, but it also comes with a myriad of benefits. It can provide relief from physical discomfort, boost your mood, alleviate prenatal depression and anxiety and, if your loved one is massaging you, it can even bring you and your partner closer together.

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Do you lay on your stomach during a prenatal massage?

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

Can the baby feel when I rub my tummy?

Sensation. After around 18 weeks, babies like to sleep in the womb while their mother is awake, since movement can rock them to sleep. They can feel pain at 22 weeks, and at 26 weeks they can move in response to a hand being rubbed on the mother’s belly.

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.

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.

Are pregnancy massages worth it?

The answer is: Generally, yes. Massage therapy during pregnancy has been shown to provide many benefits, including a sense of wellness, improved relaxation, and better sleep. But certain techniques and trigger points in the body can cause contractions and premature labor, so seeking expertise is vital.

Can I get a pedicure while pregnant?

MYTH: Manicures, pedicures, and nail polish are unsafe while pregnant. Manicures and pedicures are perfectly safe for both you and your baby! Your pregnancy hormones will cause your nails to grow longer and stronger, so why not take advantage?

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