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Prenatal Massage

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Prenatal massage is usually fine for healthy women during a normal pregnancy. However, women with any of the following conditions should not have a prenatal massage:

  • Heavy discharge (bloody or watery)
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Unusual pain
  • Pre-eclampsia or eclampsia
  • High blood pressure
  • Morning sickness
  • Diarrhea
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Early labor
  • Placental dysfunction
  • Infectious disease
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Skin irritation and/or discharge
  • Any high-risk pregnancy

Other prenatal massage therapy safety tips include:

  • Never lie on your back for a massage after the 20th week of pregnancy

  • Never massage open sores, areas where you have a rash, over raised or distended varicose veins, or near any site of infection

  • You should never experience pain during a massage. Alert your therapist immediately if you do and they should stop

Always have a certified prenatal massage therapist perform the massage – a generic massage therapist will not necessarily understand the important differences of a pregnant woman’s body, and may perform an unsafe massage for your baby. To find a certified prenatal massage therapist, ask for recommendations from your doctor or midwife, hospital, or your regular massage therapist. Also, the American Massage Therapy Association has a chapter in each state as well as a nationwide referral system in the United States and Canada. Take the time to speak with a prospective massage therapist before your first session to determine their level of expertise, training, and understanding of pregnancy-related issues. Some questions you may want to ask a prospective massage therapist include:

  • How much prenatal massage training do you have? How much experience doing prenatal massage?

  • How long have you been practicing massage therapy? Prenatal massage therapy?

  • What kind of massage table do you use for pregnant women?

  • How will you handle positioning me as I progress through my pregnancy?

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