Frequent question: Are massages OK during pregnancy?

Is it safe to get a massage while pregnant?

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.

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)

Where should you not get a massage when pregnant?

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.

Are personal massagers safe during pregnancy?

Just as getting a prenatal massage from a therapist is safe, using a massage chair while pregnant is fine. There are many benefits to massage during pregnancy: It can help you relax; ease anxiety and depression; relieve back pain, leg pain, and labor pain; and improve circulation.

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When should I stop massaging my pregnancy?

However, many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy. The first trimester carries an increased risk of miscarriage, and some therapists are concerned that the increased blood flow during a massage might be harmful.

Can I lay on my stomach for 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.

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 woman’s body may accidentally trigger contractions that are dangerous for both the mother and child.