Let's Talk Prenatal Massage.
A prenatal massage is a full body massage performed by a certified prenatal massage therapist that is similar to a Swedish massage, except for a few modifications with body positioning that can ensure the safety and comfort for both mother and baby. You can expect your practitioner to focus on areas such as the lower back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and feet. Massage can address swelling, pain, discomfort, tension, and adhesions. Once you're on the table, your therapist will have you lay on your side.
Massage is generally considered safe following the first trimester of pregnancy. If you're at risk for preterm labor, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or other possible complications, your doctor or midwife may advise against massage during pregnancy. There are lots of aches and pains that come with being pregnant.
How often should a pregnant woman get a prenatal massage?
As a general rule of thumb, antenatal massage can benefit you throughout your pregnancy with monthly appointments until around 27 weeks, then twice monthly appointments from around 27 weeks to 36 weeks, and weekly appointments from 36 weeks until you give birth.
A prenatal massage may:
Provide pain relief.
Improve your quality of sleep.
Reduce your anxiety and depression.
Oxygenate your muscles and tissues.