The American Pregnancy Association says that women can begin massage at any point during a pregnancy. However, many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy.
Can you have a full body massage in early pregnancy?
Massage should be relaxing and soothing and any deep tissue work avoided. Any massage in the first trimester should avoid the abdomen. A trained therapist will know how to best position pregnant women for massage, often offering additional support and cushioning to the body.
What should I avoid at 4 weeks pregnant?
Even at week 4, it’s never too early to start healthy habits. Try eating whole foods, avoiding smoking and alcohol, and, if you aren’t already, start taking a prenatal vitamin.
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.
Where should you not massage when pregnant?
Certain parts of your feet and lower legs become “switches” during pregnancy, being able to trigger reactions regarding your pregnancy. The 3 spots on the legs to be avoided are: the reflexology areas around the ankles, SP6 acupressure point, urinary bladder 60, and urinary bladder 67.
Can I lay on my stomach for massage while pregnant?
As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.