- Pregnancy Massage is safe but get written permission from your GP in the 1st Trimester
- There is no strong evidence that acupressure points can induce labour
- Pregnancy massages are usually given in the side lying position
- The most common area of pain or discomfort is the lower back
- You may also enjoy massage on your feet, legs, upper back, neck & shoulders
What is Pregnancy Massage?
Well, not surprisingly, a Pregnancy Massage is just a massage given to a person that is Pregnant but due to the changes the body goes through during pregnancy there are some differences from a regular relaxation or remedial massage.
Is Massage Safe During Pregnancy?
Yes, massage is usually safe during pregnancy. Many therapists will refuse to treat women in their first trimester purely because there is an increased chance of miscarriage. This isn't because the massage is inherently problematic, it’s just a fact about the first trimester, statistically speaking. Around 80 percent of miscarriages occur in the first trimester, which is between 0 and 13 weeks. After that time, the chance of miscarriage drops significantly. If you really want a massage during your first trimester, we recommend asking your doctor about it and bringing a written letter from your doctor saying that it is ok for you to have a massage.
Will a Pregnancy Massage Induce Labour?
Another reason some therapists won’t treat during the first trimester is the belief that applying pressure on certain points of the body can induce labour. There is no scientific evidence of this fact. Some acupressure therapists believe they can help induce labour at the end of the last trimester by applying pressure to certain locations on the hand, ankle, heel and sacrum however as I have mentioned, there is no strong evidence that this is the case.
What Position Will I Be In?
Pregnancy massages are almost always performed with you laying on your side using ample pillows to ensure you are well supported and comfortable. Halfway through the massage you will usually swap to lay on your other side. In some cases, special cushioning is used that allows you to lay on your belly comfortably without any danger to the foetus or yourself however we have found the side lying position to be preferred by most women and superior to such approaches. From a side lying position, your therapist can still access most of your body and this will ensure that your baby is always protected. Laying on your back is generally considered unsafe during the second and third trimester because the weight of the baby can cut off the flow of blood through the abdominal aorta. There are techniques that can make it safe for you to lay on your back by tilting your pelvis with a rolled-up towel or bolster and a trained pregnancy massage therapist may use this technique on occasion with your permission.
Why Should You Get a Pregnancy Massage?
Many women experience increased muscular pains during pregnancy. One reason for this is that the body is increasing the production of a hormone called relaxin which loosens the ligaments and joints in preparation for the birthing process. As a result, many women experience lower back pain during pregnancy. You may also notice increased tenderness in your legs and feet due to the increased weight that you are carrying. Larger breasts can also lead to pain in the mid back, neck and shoulders.
And of course, it’s a very special time in your life and you may want to just be pampered and we think you deserve it too...
So, go ahead and book yourself a pregnancy massage today!