As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with your massage therapist.
Body Position During Prenatal Massage
At New Image Day Spa, we use a body positioning system that allows the client to comfortably lie face down, with a cut out providing a place for the abdomen and breasts to stay comfortably positioned and supported, this unique system also allows for a face up massage, distributing pressure and optimizing comfort.
Be Aware of Sensitive Pressure Points
Trained prenatal or pregnancy massage therapists are aware of pressure points on the ankles and wrists that can gently stimulate pelvic muscles, including the uterus. Certified prenatal massage therapists are trained to avoid very specific and intentional pressure to these areas during pregnancy. Any woman who has experienced pre-term contractions or consistent Braxton-Hicks contractions should alert her therapist to that fact so that pressure points can be avoided completely.
Women with the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:
- High risk pregnancy
- Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
- Previous pre-term labor
- Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches
- Recently gave birth
Is Prenatal Massage Safe Throughout the Entire Pregnancy?
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester.