So you are pregnant. You have daily morning and the worst part is that you cannot do anything about it. Your feet start to swell and then the doctor tells you to go on a diet. You try to rest but there is this incessant little baby feet that are seemingly trying to kick a hole through your belly. When all else fails, you think of getting a pregnancy massage so you can get to relax for a few minutes.
You might be wondering whether it is safe for you and your baby to get a massage in your delicate state. You ask your doctor a few questions if it okay for you to get a massage.
If you haven’t visited the doctor, this article will answer questions that are probably in your head right now.
What is a pregnancy massage?
A pregnancy massage, also called a prenatal massage, is intended for expectant mothers. Massage therapists will only actually perform a massage on a pregnant woman if she is at least on her second trimester, which means on the fourth month of pregnancy.
Like a regular massage, a prenatal or pregnancy massage alleviates the aches and pains of the body. Because a pregnant woman experiences more aches and pains than normal, a massage will do her a lot of good.
How is a pregnancy massage done?
If you are pregnant, it will not be comfortable or safe for you to lie on your belly because of swollen breasts and belly. It is also not advisable for you to lie flat on your back because your belly will make you feel uncomfortable. Normally, a massage therapist will request you to lie on your side.
However, some massage therapists have special massage beds for pregnant women that have hollowed out spaces for your belly and breasts. This way, no pressure is put on your growing belly.
When you are comfortable enough in the position you are in, the therapist performs a gentle, and subtle massage.
What can a massage do for you?
It is okay to get a massage even if you are pregnant given that you get only a specific type of massage specifically meant for pregnant women.
If you are pregnant, a massage can do wonders for you. It helps you deal with the pain on your lower back, which is a common occurrence during pregnancy. Since pregnancy puts a lot of stress on your back as well as your neck, shoulders, feet and legs, a massage can do you a lot of good.
With every move you make when you are pregnant, always ask your doctor beforehand. Remember that it is always not worth putting yourself and your baby at risk.