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How often can I have a pregnancy massage?

Generally, it is safe for a pregnant mom to have a pregnancy massage once a week from the second trimester onwards.  It is always advisable for a pregnant mom to consult with her healthcare provider before beginning any new massage or wellness regimen.

When can I start coming for pregnancy massages?

Pregnancy massage is safely recommended from the second trimester onwards provided you do not have a high risk pregnancy.

How close to my due date can I still have pregnancy massage?

In general, pregnancy massage can usually be safely received up until the due date unless otherwise advised by your pregnancy health care practitioner/provider.

Are there any contra-indications to pregnancy massage?

While pregnancy massage is generally safe for most expectant mothers, there are certain contraindications that should be considered before proceeding with a session. Some of the main contraindications to pregnancy massage include:

  • High-risk pregnancy: If you have a high-risk pregnancy due to a medical condition such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, placenta previa, or a history of premature labor, then pregnancy massage is not recommended.
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension: If you have pregnancy-induced hypertension or any other cardiovascular disorder, you should consult your doctor before considering a pregnancy massage.
  • Blood clotting disorders: If you have any blood clotting disorders or are taking anticoagulant medication, pregnancy massage may not be safe for you.
  • Infection: If you have any active infection or are at risk of contracting an infection, pregnancy massage should be avoided.
  • Abdominal pain or bleeding: If you experience abdominal pain or bleeding at any point during your pregnancy, it is best to avoid massage until the cause has been identified and addressed.
  • Allergies or sensitivities: If you have any known allergies or sensitivities to massage oils, lotions, or other products used during pregnancy massage, be sure to inform your therapist before your session.

It is always best to consult with your healthcare provider before scheduling a pregnancy massage to ensure that it is safe for you and your baby.

Is pregnancy massage therapy safe?

Yes, pregnancy massage therapy is generally safe when performed by a qualified therapist who has received specialized training in prenatal massage and the mother-to-be is not experiencing any medical conditions. 

The techniques used in pregnancy massage are modified to accommodate the changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy. The therapist will avoid certain areas, such as the medial aspect of the leg, and use special cushions and positioning to support the mother’s body during the massage. 

Regular pregnancy massage therapy can help reduce stress, alleviate muscle tension and pain, improve circulation, and promote relaxation and better sleep for pregnant women.