Overcoming Concerns About Pregnancy Massage

If you are currently pregnant or considering family expansion, then you may have heard about the benefits of pregnancy massage. However, you may be concerned about some aspects of undergoing a pregnancy massage.

These concerns could relate to the specific qualifications your therapist of choice must hold, or concerns relating to how a pregnancy massage may affect your unborn baby.

You have also heard your muscles release toxins during a massage, and this may cause you to worry about how these toxins may affect your unborn baby.

Below, we offer you some tips which should help to ease some of the concerns you are having about undergoing pregnancy massage.  This post is written by Julia Smith who offers pregnancy massage in London. Julia has specialised in pregnancy massage for more than fifteen years. Julia has four children of her own and she personally benefited from pregnancy massage throughout each of these pregnancies.

Without further ado, we shall now list a number of tips straight from Julia that should help to crush any concerns you have towards undergoing a pregnancy massage:

Tip #1: Don’t undergo a pregnancy massage until you are at least 17 weeks’ pregnant

This ensures your pregnancy massage does not take place until you are safely clear of the first trimester period. During the first trimester, both you and your unborn baby will be experiencing many chemical and hormonal changes.

Because massage affects lymphatic movement, hormones, and general circulation, this could risk you losing your baby.  Once the first trimester period is behind you, your hormones will begin to stablise, meaning there is no risk of undergoing a pregnancy massage for either yourself or your unborn child.

Tip #2: Ensure your massage therapist is qualified to undertake a pregnancy massage

It’s important to enquire what specific training your massage therapist has undergone relating to pregnancy massage. There are certain areas of the body that may trigger early labour, so it’s essential for your therapist to avoid applying pressure to these areas during the massage.

Tip #3: Don’t lye on your belly and don’t lye flat on your back

This should obvious and if you receive a pregnancy massage by a trained professional, this will not happen. Lying on your belly or flat on your back will apply excessive force onto your unborn baby. Again, this could trigger early labour.  Early labour may cause severe health problems for your baby.

Instead, a pregnancy massage should be carried out whilst you are lying on your side or by using the ‘kneeling technique’.

 That’s all for now

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