Frequent question: Are pregnancy massages safe?

Are prenatal massages good for you?

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.

When is the best time to get a prenatal massage?

Usually, we will advise moms to start massage after week 16 (i.e. the second trimester). This is because pregnancy, after week 16, is more stable compared to the first trimester.

Why can’t you get a massage in first trimester?

Many massage therapists won’t give pregnancy massages during the first trimester. The reason is the potential for miscarriage. Some pregnancy massage experts argue that pregnancy massage doesn’t, in itself, cause miscarriage, but no research has been done to show a link between a massage and a miscarriage.

How often should you get prenatal massages?

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.

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.

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Can I get a pedicure while pregnant?

MYTH: Manicures, pedicures, and nail polish are unsafe while pregnant. Manicures and pedicures are perfectly safe for both you and your baby! Your pregnancy hormones will cause your nails to grow longer and stronger, so why not take advantage?

When is it too late for prenatal massage?

It’s not too late! You can safely get the massage after 28 weeks of pregnancy and the latest by 2 weeks before your EDD. If you need it earlier within week 16 until week 27 of pregnancy, make sure to get the green light from your obstetrician or gynaecologist first.