Pregnancy Massage FAQs
Your Questions, Answered
Is pregnancy/prenatal massage safe throughout the entire pregnancy?
During a healthy pregnancy, and if the mom-to-be is generally in good health herself, then massage is safe and can also be a wonderful addition to prenatal care.
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. And in most cases, it is safe and beneficial to receive massage up to and beyond the due date of the pregnancy.
Are there circumstances when massage during pregnancy isn’t advisable?
There are some instances when massage may not be appropriate, particularly if it is a high-risk pregnancy or you have certain health conditions. So, it’s always advisable to check with your doctor or midwife before having a massage.
How is pregnancy massage different to regular massage?
As a certified Nurturing the Mother pregnancy massage therapist, Adriane, utilizes a comfortable, secure side-lying position to avoid undue pressure on moms growing abdomen and the lower back.
Mothers are completely supported by pillows, keeping top hip, knee and ankle on the same level to avoid pulling on the sacroiliac joint and to maximize blood and lymph circulation.
Does my abdomen get massaged?
Adriane typically will not massage the abdomen during pregnancy unless it’s requested. She does recommend abdominal massage for moms who are experiencing round ligament pain, to support digestion, to increase circulation to the placenta and baby, and to increase awareness of the baby.
What clothing do I wear for massage? Do I have to be undressed?
Pregnancy massage can be performed with as much or as little clothing as you’re comfortable wearing – it’s always a personal decision. Usually, it’s recommended that you keep underwear on, and a sheet, blanket, or towel is used for coverage so only the parts that are being massaged are exposed.
Is pregnancy massage painful?
On tight and irritated areas, massage therapy can be a little uncomfortable and/or cause soreness the following day; this is sometimes necessary to release tension. The pressure of the massage can however be as light or as deep as is needed. It's important that you always feel comfortable and enjoy the treatment. If something doesn’t feel right, inform your therapist immediately.
How often should I have a massage when I am pregnant?
This is entirely up to you. Each woman and each pregnancy is different, so there is no standard answer for this question.
However, Adriane recommends following a schedule similar to your visits with your OB or midwife.
Additionally, If you’re having a difficult pregnancy, with back and muscular pain, leg cramps, sleeplessness and/or swelling she recommends coming once a week in the last trimester.
Be sure to check out our Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage Memberships to help make massage a beneficial part of your pregnancy
What are the benefits of pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage has been found to relieve back, muscle and joint pain, sciatica, leg cramps, headaches and reduce swelling and stress. It is a popular alternative for pain relief, as medications are often limited.
Research has shown that massage during pregnancy also:
Helps control blood pressure
Strengthens the immune system
Directly affects the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, reducing stress and its consequences for mother and baby
Allows for deeper breathing & a better night's sleep
Helps keep skin supple to help prevent stretch marks
Maintains body posture & balance
Shortens hospital stay
Reduces postpartum depression