Certified Massage Therapist
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 knowledgeable professionals.
What’s the best position for prenatal massage?
Many professionals consider the best position for a pregnant woman during massage to be side-lying. Tables that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit may not be reliable and can still apply pressure to the abdomen, or allow the abdomen to dangle, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments. Consult your massage therapist before your first appointment to verify what position they place their clients in during the massage.
When can I begin prenatal massage?
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. Many facilities will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because of the increased statistics for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Should I continue massage post pregnancy?
It is recommended to continue massage and a regular exercise program after giving birth. As with any life change, it is important to work at your own speed and remember to take care of yourself. You body has just completed a tremendous task and will need to be maintained.