What is pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage is similar in many ways to a normal massage, the main difference being that massage techniques used in pregnancy are adapted to maintain the wellbeing of mother and child. Techniques vary from firmer massages to relieve discomfort, or softer massages to help relax the expectant mother.
What are the benefits of pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy Massage has been growing in popularity over recent years, with women with improvement in their prenatal health.
These improvements include:
Relief from aching muscles and joint pain
Reduction in anxiety and stress by increasing “feel-good” hormones
What to expect during a pregnancy massage
Before your massage you’ll be asked questions on your pregnancy and the type of massage you’d like. The treatment will usually last around one hour and the typical, most comfortable position for expectant mums is to be lying on one side.
Is it safe to have a pregnancy massage?
If you’re considering a massage, you should consult your midwife or GP before having the treatment and check that they are happy for you to go ahead. They may also be able to recommend a therapist who specialises in antenatal massage.
You should avoid having a pregnancy massage if:
Your midwife or doctor has advised against it
You’re experiencing nausea or headaches
You have a high risk of premature labour
Can I get massages throughout my whole pregnancy?
It’s possible for women to receive massages throughout the duration of their pregnancy, with techniques adapted to the stage of pregnancy they’re at.