Pregnancy is an exciting time for soon-to-be mothers, but it can also be stressful, especially if it’s your first. Some mommies are choosing to enhance their experience with a prenatal massage. Whether this is a new subject, or you’ve been considering getting one, we’re here to give you information to help you decide.
This question is likely the first thing that came to mind, and with good reason. As mothers, we want to do all we can to give our baby the best start in life and make the right decisions. We’re here to say; prenatal massages are safe if done under the following conditions.
Experts say that a massage in the first trimester can activate your body’s detoxification system, leading to toxins leaking into your blood and then into the fetus. This path would be risky for their development, so skip the massage for the first three months.
You might find that a massage therapist who isn’t licensed to perform a prenatal massage is unwilling to do it. It is a specialized art that requires approval by the state board and certification.
Whether you have an obstetrician or a midwife, we recommend you speak to your birth professional before getting a prenatal massage. Every pregnancy is different, and your situation is unique to you and your baby. Your healthcare provider knows your specific circumstances and can help with questions.
You’re in your second trimester, got the okay from your healthcare professional, and found a masseuse that specializes in prenatal massage. These are the benefits you can expect when getting your massage.
While the benefits are the same, a prenatal massage differs from lying on the table and putting your face in the doughnut. Here are some notable variations.
You Won’t Lay on Your Stomach.
This difference may seem obvious, but this position is dangerous for mother and baby.
You Won’t Lay on Your Back.
They support the mother’s back with pillows in a reclined position during a prenatal massage, with her knees propped.
No Essential Oils.
Some scents are known to induce labor, and others are not safe for pregnant women. If you’re used to wonderful intoxicating scents while being massaged, you’ll have to use an alternative or your imagination.
Getting a prenatal massage is a personal choice that only you can make. We presented some information to help you decide but still recommend you talk to your healthcare professional and family before booking one. They are not for everyone but full of benefits for those that can have them.