Is massage safe in pregnancy?
Ooh, if only someone would rub my back…Take a few precautions before you bliss out.
If you never had a full body massage before you might feel that you in desperate need of one as your pregnancy progresses. You might be suffering from a variety of side effects, like tension in your muscles, back pain and swelling.
But don’t blindly go for a massage without first considering these safety tips:
- Tell your massage therapist that you are pregnant, as even in the first few months she will have to adjust the massage process for you.
- Be sure that your massage therapist is trained in pregnancy massage.
- Avoid aromatherapy oils, some of which can be dangerous to your baby and you during pregnancy.
- Avoid massage of your belly. Firm massage of your pregnant belly could cause problems. Leave the tummy rubbing to a gentle partner.
- Avoid massage of your feet, ankles, and hands between the thumb and next finger. These areas are thought to trigger contractions.
- Avoid lying flat on your back after 12 weeks of pregnancy (or much earlier if you are carrying twins or more). Instead, lie on your left side with pillows supporting your belly, or lie facedown on a special table that has a cutout for your belly.
- If your spa offers hot water treatments or a sauna, avoid them while you are pregnant as it is not good for you to overheat.
Would you recommend massage during pregnancy? Is it comfortable?