(Closed) Pregnancy and massage

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
3332 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

How far along are you? Generally hot stone is a no-no for any pregnancy massage, but a swedish massage should be able to be altered to a prenatal if you are past your first trimester. AFAIK massage not rec’d during the first trimester.

You can also let them know that you’ve found out your pg, they might not charge you the cancellation fee as it is a ‘medical condition’.


Post # 3
626 posts
Busy bee

They will do Swedish with you lying on your side or sat up facing the back of a chair 

Post # 6
575 posts
Busy bee

Call and tell them you’re pregnant and ask what your options are. They will be able to help you better than we can. 

Congratulations on your pregnancy. 

Post # 7
41 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

Generally you can not get a massage in the first trimester, because they therapists don’t want any liability.  Since none of us work at the places that you have your appointments, you need to call them to find out what their specific policy is.

Post # 9
48 posts

Congratulations first of all! As for the massage, I would call and ask the clinic what they would recomended and about their policies. Swedish massage is fine but there are some mixed opinions regarding hotstone and pregnancy. 

Personally I would recomend not doing hotstone- I’m a massage therapy student and will be graduating this year. Hotstone can be quite taxing, dehydrating and the body temperature increase could potentially pose a risk. In a healthy pregnancy the risk might be minimal, but better to be safe than sorry right?

Most concerns I would have would be later on. Side laying/lateral recumbent with you being so early on it shouldn’t be a concern. Swedish massage shouldn’t be contraindicated at any stage of pregnancy but will involve alterations: side laying as earlier stated, no abdominal massage and care with ankle massage (presure points than may induce labour).Care should be taken that the client does not lie facing up long due to presure on internal organs and restricted vascular flow. In addition hormones released during pregnancy promote ligament and joint laxity and the therapist needs to be aware of this reducing their pressure accordingly. 

Prenatal can really help ease soreness and prepair the mother for birth. At this stage however I feel it may be a bit premature…

I honestly think you should just enjoy your massage and not worry to much. Make sure your therapist is aware that you are pregnant and take it from there. Congratulations again and enjoy 🙂

Post # 10
3008 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Kacie209:  I would have gotten the Swedish massage but maybe not the hot stone, to avoid getting too hot. There is no danger to getting a massage during pregnancy, I got several. Miscarriages are just so common, sadly, and my understanding is they don’t want someone to get a massage and then happen to have a miscarriage soon after (and think is was from the massage. I understand feeling like you don’t want o do anything to jeopardize your happiness, but the pregnancy isn’t fragile and there really isn’t much you can do that will harm it at this point. Obviously don’t go do a bunch of meth and chug a bottle of whiskey….

Also, huge congrats!!!!!!!!!

Post # 11
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Kacie209:  I have no advice for you – just popping in to say Congratulations on your BFP – I have read your previous posts, and am happy to hear you are pregnant 🙂 and wish you a healthy and uneventful pregnancy!

Post # 12
848 posts
Busy bee

I would call and explain the situation- I would move the swedish into your 2nd trimester and opt for a prenatal massage. As for the hot stone I would not do that.

I’m early on in my pregnancy as well, I had a massage scheduled the week I found out, I cancelled it. I wasn’t willing to take any risks. I went an got a pedicure instead.


Post # 13
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Here are some reasons for the reservations (this is me relaying from my doc) **DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a doctor; I’m a stranger on the Internet! remember this**: 

Massage therapy doesn’t really have a singular licensing body or code of ethics and stuff like that, so it’s harder to tell how substantial a therapist’s training is. Massage, specifically deep-tissue/Swedish-type techniques, can affect blood pressure and pregnant women are at risk of blood clots–these deep-tissue techniques *can* dislodge one (although it’s unlikely). There has been no research on massage during the first trimester. Some places won’t even do it for you if you are first trimester purely because there is a high-risk of miscarriage as it is and (chances are) they just don’t want to get sued if a woman were to miscarry during or shortly after a massage. Then there’s also the issue of temperature–oftentimes, the room is heated and that can raise the woman’s body temperature. Same goes for hot stone. 

In short, the risks sound more like risks of ignorance rather than true, scientifically tested risks. I mean, there’s a lot in pregnancy (I feel) in which we speak of risks as a sort of blanket gospel because it’s a way simpler Public Service Announcement to just give the shorthand than to give the more accurate, but more nuanced, truth (“don’t drink coffee” vs. “slight increase in the risk of miscarriage if you consume over 200mg of caffeine per day, every day, in the first trimester.”). 

Now, there are substantial benefits to receiving a massage that (to me) outweigh the risks, and I think that you will be fine if you select a certified therapist and if you just tell them you are pregnant. They may give you a lighter touch and probably not massage your belly, but it’ll still feel good. I wouldn’t get a message if you have certain complications, like placenta previa or something like that, and your default should still be to ask a doctor, but I had several during my first pregnancy and nothing at all went wrong. 

And hey, you may find that in a few weeks, you’re too sick to even think about a massage anyway. 

Post # 15
399 posts
Helper bee

Kacie209:  I’m not sure where you live, but in Canada there is a HUGE difference between an RMT registered massage therapist, who has 3000 hours of schooling, plus a certain amount of credits they need to maintain through extra schooling every 2 years, and a non registered massage therapist/bodyworker…what ever title they may have, who may have some anatomy and physiology, muscular skeletal and kinesiology, background as well as knowing the techniques used in massage, as well as the correct bio mechanics to maintain during any treatment.

You can ONLY be massaged by an RMT when you are pregnant.  They will avoid deep pressure on the low back, around the ankle, and some other areas depending on what trimester you’re in.  Swedish is fine, but I would not do a hot stone massage on someone who is pregnant no matter what trimester they’re in.

I only know what the regulations are in Canada, no where else.  

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