Massage In Pregnancy – What Can You Expect?

A Pregnancy Massage – What can you expect during the consultation?

All expectant mothers should check with their doctors prior to getting a massage.

If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, or are on the early stages of pregnancy, pre-natal massage may not be recommended. It is important to share information about your condition and your preferences with your massage therapist when you arrive for your appointment.

The massage therapist will adjust your prenatal massage to make it as soothing and as useful as possible based on your personal needs and preferences and it’s good to keep them informed as to the outcome of your visits to the Midwife or Obstetrician.

When you become pregnant some essential oils need to be avoided during the first trimester but can be very helpful in the last few weeks and during the birthing process. Of the most common oils to be avoided in the first trimester but are good for the birth include:
”    Clary Sage
”    Rose Otto
”    Peppermint

As your child grows in the womb your organs get squashed, your back sways more, your legs can get swollen and easily tired as the circulation is increased.  The weight of your baby adds pressure and you may experience irritating sciatic nerve pain as your entire body system is put under pressure. Massage can help with all of these problems including constipation, cramps, headaches, hypertension emotional distress and more.

How will you lay on the massage table?

As your child grows your massage therapist may have a special table that allows you to lay face down with a hole that totally supports your growing tummy or you may lie on your side supported with pillows. It is not recommended to lie on your back after 5 months due to pressure on the blood flow to the placenta so you can relax in a semi-reclining position.

What can you expect during the massage?

As with every massage your trained therapist will be able to identify and relieve sore spots whilst avoiding pressure points on the feet, hands and shoulders particularly around the ankles, between thumb and forefinger and tops of shoulders.

Your Massage therapist should be able to show you how you can support your body while sleeping and how to massage your own abdomen. They can also give your partner massage guidelines including perineal and birthing techniques.  These should be practised in the last 4 to 6 weeks before you go into labour allowing your partner to gain a better understanding of your needs at this time and giving you some all important quality time together.