How to Minimise the Risks of Massage Therapy During Pregnancy

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If you are a pregnant woman suffering from aches and pains, you may benefit from receiving a massage from a licensed masseuse. Many women in their second and third trimesters face backaches and foot pain on a daily basis. Luckily, research has shown that massage therapy has many positives for pregnant women, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. These benefits include reduced pain and discomfort as well as less anxiety and depression. In fact, getting regular massages may even decrease the amount of time a woman spends in labour.

For example, a study from 1999 published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology found that massage therapy can decrease anxiety and back pain while improving mood and sleep. Below, we discuss what you should look for when choosing a massage therapist while pregnant.

What to Consider When Picking a Massage Therapist

When searching for a massage therapist, it is vital to pick a licensed massage therapist with insurance. More specifically, your therapist will need to have liability insurance. Essentially, liability insurance for massage therapists is a type of malpractice insurance that will offer protection to them and their business in case of an accident. This could include the patient having a reaction to the lotion or oil used during the session or if the massage aggravated an old injury they failed to mention.

A massage therapist will also need to have general liability insurance known as “trip and fall” insurance. This will keep the office protected in case a client trips, falls, and injures himself or herself while on the property. Massage liability insurance will be vital when picking a massage therapist.

When choosing a massage therapist, it is also essential to pick a professional that has a clean location that is clean and dirt-free. Pregnancy is a time to keep yourself and your baby healthy and coming into contact with germs could lead to illness. In fact, it is easier to get sick when pregnant, so be sure the office is clean and that they follow basic cleaning procedures.

In addition, it is a good idea to choose a massage therapist who has a prenatal massage certification and has experience giving prenatal massages. Be sure your masseuse is licensed and has the right equipment for pregnant women. When lying on her back or stomach for a long period of time, a pregnant woman can feel dizzy or could develop elevated blood pressure.

As such, an office with experience in prenatal massages will have the women lying on their sides while being held up by pillows or lie on a table with a cut-out for the stomach. Additionally, your massage therapist needs to know what type of essential oils and lotions are safe to use on pregnant women. Next, it is vital to discuss how you can protect yourself and your baby when considering massage services.

Tips for Having a Safe Massage During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, there are a couple of scenarios where getting a massage may not be safe. For instance, if you are in your first trimester, many prenatal massage locations will not allow you to get a massage because there is an increased risk of miscarriage during the first three months of pregnancy. This is usually unrelated to the massage, it’s just more common during the first trimester, but they can’t take the risk.

Some experts believe that extra blood flow generated may be harmful to the mother and fetus. Additionally, there are pressure points in the human body that may initiate labour. Therefore, massages are only recommended as safe in the second and third trimesters.

Pregnant women with medical conditions are also advised to avoid massage therapy. You’ll need to speak with your doctor before pursuing a massage. The type of conditions include: high blood pressure, a recent injury or surgery, congenital heart disease, pre-eclampsia, organ transplant done recently, or other high-risk pregnancy conditions.

Lastly, it is important to hydrate before your massage. Drink several glasses of water before and after your appointment to keep your body and your baby safe and healthy. Once your baby is born, there are also certain benefits he or she will enjoy if you decide to give your baby a massage. With a daily massage, your baby may sleep better, have better weight gain, enhanced digestion, improved circulation, and possibly less teething pain.

If you follow the tips above, you’ll enjoy all of the benefits of massage therapy while minimising the potential risks.

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October 9, 2019
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  • Reply Kim Carberry

    Ahh! I ached so much when I was pregnant. A massage would have been amazing!
    Great advice x
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    October 9, 2019 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Kate Holmes

    Never thought about things like massage during my pregnancies. Could almost be tempted to get up the duff again just to have a reason to invest in a massage. Good tips too and might put the idea of some self-care in a pregnant woman’s mind and that has to be a great thing. #Blogtober19

    October 10, 2019 at 12:13 am
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