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 can I expect from a prenatal massage?
During a prenatal massage, you will usually positioned be lying on your side rather than on your stomach or back. This is particularly important during the later stages of pregnancy. Pillows, bolsters, or padding may be used to support your back, knees, and/or feet.
Is prenatal massage good for baby?
Massage therapy helps provide regular blood flow to the uterus, placenta and fetus, promotes the delivery of oxygen and nutrients, and accelerates the removal of waste products, improving both mother’s and baby’s tissue health.
What is the difference between prenatal massage and regular massage?
In a regular massage, a flat massage table is used. However, at a prenatal massage special tables are sometimes used, along with cushions and other mechanisms to ensure the mother’s safety and comfort. In a regular massage, a client can expect to receive deep tissue work on their limbs.
When’s the best time to get a prenatal massage?
A prenatal massage during the third trimester is highly recommended. By the time you hit the third trimester you are starting the countdown. Not just to meet your new baby but also because your body is most likely uncomfortable by now. It’s possible your feet are swelling, your back aches and you probably can’t sleep.
What areas should not be massaged during pregnancy?
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.
Are prenatal massages safe?
Can pregnant women get massages? Prenatal massages are generally considered safe after the first trimester, as long as you get the green light from your practitioner and you let your massage therapist know you’re pregnant.
How often can I get prenatal massage?
Recommended Appointment Schedule For 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.
Can my partner massage me while pregnant?
Is it safe to get a massage while pregnant? The short answer: Yes, it’s most likely safe. Of course, let your doctor know that you’re thinking of getting a massage, either from your partner or a professional, before you go ahead and get one.
What pressure points should be avoided during pregnancy?
Answer: Every woman is different, and so is how their body reacts to massage during pregnancy. If your body is particularly sensitive and can be easily stimulated, you should avoid massaging pressure points like 3 fingers above your ankles and the area between your thumb and forefinger.
Can you lay on stomach for prenatal massage?
Can I lay on my stomach during a massage? As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.
Can a prenatal massage induce labor?
If you someone is on or past their due date, and wants to bring on labor, Prenatal Massage can help naturally induce labor with specific work on reflex and acupressure points that promote the birth process.