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What do I need to know before booking a  pregnancy Massage?

Pregnancy changes your mind and body. It changes your motion and somehow you cry in little things. It brings aches and pains that you never had before. A pregnancy massage may relieve your sore muscles and relax your soul. But before we go deeper, there are some people who shouldn’t have pregnancy massages without the doctor’s clearance. 

  • Any type of high risk pregnancy

  • Previous pregnancy complications

  • Severe swelling, severe headaches,high blood pressure

  • Deep vein thrombosis

  • Placenta problems

  • Uncontrolled hypertension

Massage is generally safe for most women. The most controversial question is, is it safe to have a massage during the first trimester(first 12weeks)? 

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pregnancy has a high risk of miscarrage due to chromosome of fetus problem, it occurs whether the woman is massaged or not. There is no research indicating that massage has caused toxic overload in a pregnant woman thereby miscarrage. Therapists are trained to work with less intensity and seek feedback throughout the treatment. Massages can stimulate blood circulation and help flush metabolic waste into the circulatory system. 

The uterus during the first trimester is low in the pelvis and is not palpable without deep abdominal pressure which is generally contraindicated during pregnancy. Instead, nurturing touch to the abdomen can be extremely relaxing for the mother, and most women feel that the baby is responding in a positive manner if she or he wakes up and starts moving during a belly rub. 

What is happening during pregnancy massage? Therapists will offer you a couple of different positions that are safe and you can choose which you are most comfortable with. There’s a pregnancy pillow with a hole in the middle so you can lay on your chest without pressing your belly.Or you could lay on the sides with pillows supporting your belly and between the knees to keep pelvis and spine in neutral position. 

When turning over laying on the back, you’ll be assisted with an inclined position with a pillow underneath your knees to keep your spine in neutral position. Usually you will be in this position for 5 to 10 minutes only. If you feel uncomfortable or experience any pain during a massage, notify your therapist to work on other areas or cease the treatment. Every pregnancy is unique and the best way to know what is good for you and your baby is to listen to your body. 

Always keep hydrated and active

 

Melissa Howieson

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