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Is Pregnancy Massage Right for You? Reasons, Contraindications, and Postpartum Recovery

Updated: Mar 23

For most people, pregnancy sucks. Your organs are being pushed around, your joints are stretching, your feet are swelling, everything hurts, and your center of gravity is long gone. If that sounds like what you're dealing with, I'm here to help.

Is Pregnancy Massage Right For You

This post'll cover the difference between traditional and pregnancy massage, reasons to get a pregnancy massage, contraindications, and postpartum care.

What sets pregnancy massage apart?

Pregnancy massage is a specialized massage therapy that relieves pregnancy's physical and mental discomfort and prioritizes comfort and safety. The primary distinction lies in positioning. Unlike traditional massages, during a pregnancy massage, you'll be positioned on your side with strategically placed pillows, similar to a relaxing home setup.

Why You Should Consider a Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage can provide relief from many common discomforts during pregnancy, including:

  • Neck and Shoulder Pain

  • Lower back, Hip, and Sciatic Pain

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Swelling and Poor Circulation

In some studies, pregnancy massage has even been shown to improve labor outcomes and newborn health.

Can I receive a deep tissue massage while pregnant?

Absolutely! Areas prone to tension, such as the neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips, can benefit from thorough deep-tissue massage.

However, caution is advised when addressing the inner thigh and calf, where lighter pressure is recommended to mitigate the risk of blood clots. This precaution is particularly crucial as pregnancy thickens the blood in preparation for labor, heightening the risk of clot formation.

Pregnancy Massage Contraindications

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While rare, certain conditions may necessitate specialized expertise or adjustments, particularly in high-risk pregnancies. It's imperative to inform your therapist of conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, placental issues, preeclampsia, or a history of pre-term labor for tailored care and safety.

Postpartum Massage Care

In most instances, you can resume your regular massage routine postpartum, though certain circumstances may require modifications. For example, if you've undergone a C-section, I'll accommodate your incision with pregnancy massage positioning until it fully heals. Additionally, techniques can be adapted to alleviate breast tenderness resulting from nursing, ensuring your comfort and well-being.

Until Next Time

Remember, self-care isn't selfish—it's an investment in your health and your baby's health. As you navigate the remarkable pregnancy journey, taking care of yourself is critical. Let's prioritize your well-being together! If you're eager to experience the soothing benefits of pregnancy massage, why not take the next step? Click below to schedule your appointment and treat yourself to a session to ease those aches and pains. Trust me, you deserve it!

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