(Closed) Pregnancy and massage

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

What michkarose said!

Also avoid getting the webs of your palms massage and the little area behind your ankles massaged as those are labour inducing pressure points.

My RMT doesn’t do massages for women in first trimester. It is far too risky.

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Kacie209:  just wanted to say congrats!!

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Hey, congratulations! I am a massage therapist. Getting massages in the first trimester is up to the massage therapist as much as it is up to you as the client. If you are high risk, I would have a doctor’s approval, we want proof it’s okay, and will advise against getting massaged in the first trimester.  Miscarriage is more common in the first trimester which is why a lot of massage therapists choose to not work on clients until the second trimester. But massage in and of itself will not cause a miscarriage unless  the therapist was literally pushing or hitting your stomach or doing deep tissue on your lower back if you were go face down. But even then it’s hard to say,  as the human body is made to protect the baby. I know you canceled your appt but if you would’ve told them you were pregnant they would’ve had to accommodate you with a therapist that does prenatal. Getting a hot stone massage, deep tissue, or aromatherapy are almost always contraindicated. Prenatal massage is usually highly recommended because it helps ease the stress, both physically and emotionally, that you endure throughout your pregnancy.  I think I’ve answered everything,  I’m sorry this is late. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

futuremess:  is 100% correct. Pregnancy itself is not a contradiction for massage. Some complications of pregnancy can be. Consulting your OB first is always suggested. During the second and third trimester massage can be very helpful. 

Post # 20
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Honey bee

Kacie209:  You shouldn’t do any massage until the three month mark, and definitely shouldn’t do Swedish. Once you’re past the first tri you can do prenatal massage with someone who is certified in it. It’s reallllly not worth the risk! I can imagine if you call them and tell them you’re pregnant they’d be more amiable to a refund or credit. I got monthly prenatal massages from about 5 months on and it helped so much  I just laid on my side instead of my stomach and it was very comfortable.

Congratulations!!!!

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

It is hard NOT to get addicted to prenatal massages. My IT bands get so tight from a heavy pregnant belly. If your massage therapist offers 90 minutes session, definitely do that one. 1 hour didn’t feel long enough.

Post # 22
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Helper bee

Hey there,

I’m a massage therapy student currently and as far as Swedish massage goes, they should absolutely be able to modify for pregnancy. It shouldn’t affect anything in terms of who massages or time frame for massage if they are a registered massage therapist. Hope that helps 🙂 

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