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.
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.
What can I expect from a pregnancy massage?
The massage therapist will use a variety of strokes to relax and relieve the muscles in your back, shoulders and hips. If you are not yet in the third trimester and are comfortable to do so, you may lie on your back in the supine position for a short amount of time to have legs, feet and head massaged.
When can you get a prenatal massage?
There is a common misconception that pregnancy massage in the first trimester needs to be avoided, and a mum has to wait until her second or third trimester to receive a massage.
Can I get a massage at 9 months 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.
How do you lay down for a prenatal 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).
Can I hurt my unborn baby by pushing on my stomach?
Thankfully, there’s no need to worry every time you bump your tummy; even a front-forward fall or a kick from your toddler is unlikely to hurt your baby-to-be.
Can you get lower back massage while pregnant?
Pregnancy puts a lot of strain on these areas. It is safe for you to receive a deep tissue massage in your lower sacrum area all the way up to your shoulders, which will leave you feeling invigorated and full of energy. The first and most obvious benefit is the physical relief associated with a deep tissue massage.
Is foot massage 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.
Can the baby feel when I touch my belly?
Now, a new study confirms that fetuses respond powerfully to belly touches, which may suggest that it makes them feel good, too!