Pregnancy brings about many changes in the body, and taking some time for yourself becomes even more essential. How about getting a pregnancy massage? Is that allowed? Yes! There are massage centers and spas that specialize in massage during pregnancy. Since not all types of massages are allowed during pregnancy, here are some things that you should be aware of.
You may suffer from so-called pregnancy symptoms such as tiredness, back, neck, and pelvic problems, difficulty sleeping well, varicose veins, and fluid retention during pregnancy. These things are stressful to your body and, of course, not good for your baby. Pregnancy massage can help reduce these complaints and make you feel calmer to relax more easily during delivery.
What Is the Difference Between a Massage During Pregnancy and a Regular Massage?
Is there any difference between a massage during pregnancy and a regular massage? Yes, this should not be underestimated. There are a few points that a massage therapist should be aware of when massaging a pregnant woman. A therapist who specializes in pregnancy massage will do so, but a regular one will not. So, what should you pay attention to in massage?
Massage With Heat
Massage with heat is not recommended: hot stone massage, massage with herbal stamps, and massage with heat pads are unsuitable for pregnant women.
Some acupuncture points are related to the uterus, and it is important not to stimulate those points during the massage. For this reason, chair massage is not recommended.
Aromatherapy is possible, but one must be careful which ailments they are used for. Some herbs (rosemary, sage) have cramping properties and are likely to cause pre-eclampsia. For this reason, it is best to skip the herbal massage.
Another reason why you should book a pregnancy massage instead of a regular massage is because of the massage table. A good massage table for pregnant women is hollow and allows you to lie on your stomach. The band at the bottom of the couch then supports the belly. There is a tummy tuck and a chest tuck, which is very nice if you have sensitive breasts.
If your massage therapist does not have a special table, you will have to lie on your side with a pillow between your elbows and knees. Occasionally, you may be placed in a semi-sitting position. Ask in advance what kind of table you will have so there are no surprises.
When Can I Have a Massage During Pregnancy?
It is not advisable to have a massage (or even a regular massage!) in the early stages of pregnancy. Simple muscle massages for relaxation are still possible, but more extensive and firm massages such as deep tissue massages are not. This is because these massages will release a lot of waste products that are harmful to the baby during the first few months.
From the middle of pregnancy onwards (around the 14th week), massage can be done during pregnancy. As a general rule, you can continue the massage until you go into labor.
How Does the Massage Work?
Before the first treatment, a consultation with the massage therapist is often conducted. You will be told how your pregnancy is progressing, and the massage will be explained to you. Indicate whether you have any complaints and, if so, what they are. If you have high or low blood pressure, talk to your midwife first. Also, specify if you do not want to be massaged in a particular area of your body. The therapist will then adjust the treatment to focus more on the problem areas.
Massage During Pregnancy
An essential part of the massage is reflexology, but the muscles and ligaments of the lower back and abdomen are also gently massaged. Since there is a lot of fluid buildup during pregnancy, the lymphatic system is gently flushed to promote fluid circulation.
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