If you’ve ever received a massage before, you know that they can be relaxing for the body and provide benefits for your emotional state as well. Since pregnancy can be physically and emotionally taxing, it stands to reason that many women may seek out some massage therapy as a way to deal with all the stress on their body and mind.

You may have some questions about the safety of massages since you are making decisions about not just your health. Can you start massage therapy when you find out you’re pregnant? Are there any benefits to getting prenatal massage? These are just a few of the questions you may have before you start letting someone rub out those knots in your aching back.

When Is Prenatal Massage Safe?

Generally speaking, prenatal massage is safe for most women once they get beyond the first trimester. That being said, it is important for you to consult with your physician before you start any massage program while pregnant.

Some women who have started massage therapy before the end of the first trimester have reported increased morning sickness and nausea. You will also want to let your massage therapist know that you are pregnant before your first massage appointment.

If you are a woman in your second trimester, you’ll want to avoid lying on your back during your massage. By lying on your back, the weight of your baby may cause a lack of blood circulation to the placenta.

woman on exercise ball while getting back rubbed

What Should You Look for in a Massage Therapist?

When you book your massage appointment, you should do so with a practitioner who has certifications in prenatal massage. Their training levels go beyond a regular therapist, and they have expertise working with women who are pregnant.

These professionals are able to address the issues you are experiencing as a pregnant woman and will know how to position your body to avoid any complications for you and your baby. Massage therapists who are certified in prenatal massage may also be able to spot potential problems, such as varicose veins and blood clots.

Get Your Questions Answered

Prenatal massage can have many great benefits for the physical and mental health of a pregnant woman. It can reduce back pain, enhance blood circulation, and improve your sleep quality.

If you are currently considering adding prenatal massage to your pregnancy care regimen, please feel free to make an appointment with our clinic to discuss whether it is right for you. We are now offering video conference appointments as an option. Our team can help you with all your pregnancy-related questions.

Do you have more questions about your prenatal health in Salem OregonTalk to our staff at WFMC Health or become a new patient today!

This post was first published on wfmchealth.org.