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Have Pregnancy Massage, but With Due Care

Updated on October 18, 2014

Pregnancy massage is being given since ancient times for its outstanding benefits. However due to lack of sufficient studies some doctors of modern times are somewhat reluctant to recommend it. Therefore, if you want to have a massage when you are carrying, you should get your doctor’s consent for it.

No-no in the 1st Trimester
No-no in the 1st Trimester

No-No During First Trimester

The doctors don’t recommend pregnancy massage, especially during the first trimester, due to the risk of miscarriage. Though it has not been proved that there is any direct connection between miscarriage and pregnancy massage, doctors often don’t want to take any risk for their pregnant patients. And even some massage experts too are against giving pregnancy massage during the first trimester.

Pregnancy - Back Pain & Leg Pain
Pregnancy - Back Pain & Leg Pain

Outstanding Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

The doctors’ reluctance about the massage is also primarily due to scarcity of researches. However some studies have been done which point towards some outstanding benefits of massage during pregnancy, such as:

  • Reduction in leg and back pain
  • Reduction in stress hormone noradrenaline
  • Reduction in anxiety
  • Improvement in sleep

This study has been done by the University of Miami School of Medicine. One more research shows that due to massage, pregnant women experience,

  • Mood elevation due to increase in ‘happiness hormones’ dopamine and serotonin
  • Reduction in cortisol levels, indicating reduction in stress

Improvement in Sleep due to Massage
Improvement in Sleep due to Massage

Pregnancy Massage Useful in Back Pain

Talk to Your Doctor
Talk to Your Doctor

Talk to Your Doctor about Pregnancy Massage

Another reason for doctors’ objection on pregnancy massage is the great variation of techniques of massage. They are hesitant also because there are no certification standards. As such a course of massage includes generally 500 hours of training which doesn’t include any special training for pregnancy massage. If someone chooses a field of pregnancy massage after the basic course, there is variation in the level of training and practical experience in different institutions.

The best way is to discuss with your doctor if you want to take massage during pregnancy. Particularly in the following conditions, you should take consent of your doctor for pregnancy massage.

  • If you have high chances of abortion
  • If you experience morning sickness, nausea and vomiting
  • If you experience high-risk pregnancy like preterm labor or placental abruption in which placenta gets detached from uterine wall

Seek a Certified Massage Therapist
Seek a Certified Massage Therapist

Seek A Certified Massage Therapist

While seeking a massage expert, seek one who has certification of a recognized national-level institution. You can contact such an institution to get a well-trained therapist. Also your doctor, a chiropractor or a midwife can suggest you the name of a good massage therapist. Better get known about the training and experience of the masseur thoroughly before the very first session.

It is also required that the massage therapist should have your doctor’s written permission before giving you the pregnancy massage. He or she should also hold the liability waiver from you.

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage


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