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.
Is it safe to get a massage while 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 long can you do a prenatal massage?
It is important to take the duration of the session into consideration so that the mother isn’t in any one position for too long. A 60 prenatal massage is appropriate, whereas 90 minutes or longer can be overdoing it for the comfort of the client. Prone-only sessions longer than 60 minutes are typically too long.
When is the best time to get a prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage during the third trimester is highly recommended because your body is most likely to be uncomfortable in this stage. However, we would advise moms to get the prenatal massage only up to two weeks before the EDD. During this period, you might be giving birth at any time.
Can you lay on your stomach for a massage while pregnant?
As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.
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.
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.
Are prenatal massages worth it?
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.