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.
Is it safe to get back massage while 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. On the other hand, a deep tissue massage can do wonders for your back, shoulders and feet.
Where should you not massage a pregnant woman’s back?
It’s best to avoid deep tissue massage and other techniques that might pose a circulation or blood pressure risk, especially when massaging the calves and legs. (Remember, a woman’s blood volume doubles during pregnancy.)
What kind of massage is safe during pregnancy?
Safe Techniques for Pregnancy Massage
Deep-tissue massage, with firm strokes pressing deep into muscles. Swedish massage, with long strokes to muscles and attention to joint mobility. Shiatsu, with pressure and tapping on acupressure points to stimulate the body’s natural energy (called qi)
Why is massage not safe during pregnancy?
While gentle pressure is safe (and can feel heavenly!), pregnant women are particularly susceptible to blood clots, which deep massage work can dislodge. That, in turn, can be risky. On other body parts, the pressure can be firm and as deep or as gentle as you’d like.
Can my husband 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. But in general, massage is considered safe after the first trimester.
Can you lay on your stomach for a massage while pregnant?
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 vibrations hurt a fetus?
Pregnant women should not be exposed to strong whole body vibrations and/or blows to the body, e.g. while driving off-road vehicles. Exposing the entire body to vibrations over time can increase the risk for premature birth or low birth weight.
Is Foot massage okay for pregnant?
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.
How often can I get a massage while pregnant?
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.