There are so many benefits to pregnancy massage that a new mom can enjoy, as long a you have talked to your doctor to get the go ahead. I have treated women from the time they find out they are pregnant to a day or two before they give birth.
What to Expect – First Trimester
There are many woman that believe that getting treatment in the first trimester can be harmful to the baby but this isn’t true as long as you go to someone that is trained in pregnancy massage. Always ask when booking your appointment just to be sure.
Usually you will still be able to lie on your stomach to receive your massage just like you would normally. Make sure you mention if you are experiencing any discomfort. Deep pressure is avoided on the low back in all trimesters to avoid harm to the mom and baby. Heat is not a good idea because it will increase blood pressure of the mom and therefore increase the blood pressure of the baby.
Please inform us if there is any spotting, this may be an indication that massage therapy is not indicated at this time.
What to Expect – Second Trimester
The techniques don’t change while in the second trimester. We still avoid the heat and the deep pressure on the low back. It is in this trimester that you may not be able to lay on your stomach, and if this is the case we will have you lay on the table in the sidelying position supported with pillows.
Sidelying is a position used for pregnant woman and people that are unable to lay on their stomach. You will be lying on your side with a pillow under your head as well as one between your knees, and one under the belly for support. Most moms are still comfortable laying on their backs, and the only adjustment that needs to be made is putting a small pillow under the right hip to guide the baby away from the major blood vessels.
What to Expect – Third Trimester
By the third trimester all treatments will be done in the sidelying position. The techniques remain the same but more focus may be added to increasing circulation due to swelling in the ankles. Most of the time our goal is to decrease any discomfort mom might be feeling due to the increased weight she is carrying as well as the swelling in the limbs.Some moms may also experience tingling in the hands and wrists.
In the last few weeks of pregnancy the mom may not be able to lay flat on her back so we adjust the pillow so that she is laying at a 45 degree angle. This moves the baby away from the lungs so that the mom can breathe a little easier.
Remember, pregnant or not, you are always in charge of your own massage. Don’t hesitate to let us know about pressure, techniques, or any discomfort you might be feeling.
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