Foot massage therapy is the most common alternative therapy recommended for pregnant women and for good reason. So, put up your feet and relax¦ because youre doing a great job carrying that baby and you deserve it.
Is it safe to get a massage while pregnant?
Yes. Massage is a good way to relax and improve circulation. The best position for a massage while youre pregnant is lying on your side, rather than facedown.
Where should you not be massaged when pregnant?
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.
How close to your due date can you get a massage?
Myth 3: Massage Will Induce Labor Before Ready
Not true. In fact, we encourage you to have massage right up to your due date because that will give you the most benefits (think 3 hours shorter of labor on average).
Can I have a back massage in early pregnancy?
Very Early In Pregnancy
It is not recommended by most massage experts to use massage in first trimester clients. Pressure points on a womans body may accidentally trigger contractions that are dangerous for both the mother and child.
Can I lay on my stomach for massage while pregnant?
As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.
What trimester can you not get a 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.
Do I need to tell my massage therapist Im pregnant?
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 youre pregnant.
When should massage be avoided during pregnancy?
Massage should be relaxing and soothing and any deep tissue work avoided. Any massage in the first trimester should avoid the abdomen. A trained therapist will know how to best position pregnant women for massage, often offering additional support and cushioning to the body.
Is it OK to get a massage at 38 weeks pregnant?
A massage is a great treat for a pregnant woman. After a massage, not only will your body feel better, and less fatigued, but your mental and emotional state may be better too. In addition, massage therapy helps with circulation and with muscle joint pain.
Can a massage trigger labor?
Studies show that a massage can raise your bodys level of oxytocin, that hormone that can bring on labor contractions. Some massage therapists swear by their ability to help jump-start labor when a mom-to-be is overdue. Many even focus on certain pressure points to move labor along.