Prenatal massages are generally considered safe after the first trimester, as long as you get the green light from your practitioner and you let your massage therapist know you’re pregnant.
When are prenatal massages safe?
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. Many facilities will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because of the increased risk for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
How often should you get a prenatal massage?
For prenatal massage, it is recommended that your appointments coincide with your doctor visits. This means once a month until 27 weeks, and twice a month until 36 weeks. After that, it is recommended that you transition to weekly appointments until you give birth.
Do you lay on your stomach during a prenatal massage?
As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.
What if I accidentally slept on my stomach while pregnant?
Sleeping on the stomach may also cause neck and shoulder problems, such as pain, stiffness, and soreness. Some people experience lower back pain and pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy, which make it more difficult to sleep.
Does a baby know when their father touches my belly?
Can babies in the womb sense their father? The truth is, an unborn baby can feel a touch from anyone, but babies start to show a preference for touch that’s familiar. Pregnancy is a time for babies to get to know the people who will be important to them in the outside world.
What if I accidentally sleep on my back while pregnant?
You may want to get used to a new sleep position now, since you shouldn’t sleep on your back after 20 weeks of pregnancy. When you lie belly-up, the weight of your uterus can compress a major blood vessel, called the vena cava. This disrupts blood flow to your baby and leaves you nauseated, dizzy, and short of breath.
What do I wear to a prenatal massage?
Pregnancy massage can be performed with as much or as little clothing as you’re comfortable wearing – it’s always a personal decision. Usually we recommend that you keep underwear on, and we use towels for coverage so only the parts that are being massaged are exposed.
Can I get a back massage while pregnant?
The American Pregnancy Association says that women can begin massage at any point during a pregnancy. However, many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy.