10 Do's And Don'ts While Going For Prenatal Massage

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Ten do’s and don’ts while going for prenatal massage

Prenatal massage 

Dos and Don’t of prenatal massages

Massage is a great way to relieve tension and stress and can be especially beneficial during pregnancy. The previous article lists what prenatal massage is and its benefits, and this article will help you to know what to keep in mind. 

Areas to Avoid 

Here are the areas to avoid:

  1. Your stomach - This is probably the most obvious one. You don't want someone rubbing and kneading your stomach when pregnant.

  2. Upper back - The ligaments in your upper back are loose during pregnancy, so it's easy for them to be injured.

  3. The lower back - The same goes for the lower back. 

  4. Hands and feet are also sensitive areas, and you don't want your therapist to be too hard on them. Some points in your feet can induce early labor; thus, a trained massage therapist is a must for prenatal massage.

Ten do's and don'ts while going for a prenatal massage. 

  1. Avoid taking massages in the first trimester, as it can increase the chances of miscarriage. 

  2. Do not lie in one position for too long, even if it is comfortable, because it can make your muscles sore. 

  3. Do not overexert yourself- the massage should be relaxing and soothing, not an intense workout.

  4. Don't get up too quickly after the massage is done- give yourself a few moments to relax before standing up. 

  5. Avoid using certain oils like rosemary, oregano, peppermint, thyme, and sage, as they can lead to uterine contractions.

  6. Hydrate well beforehand- this helps keep the muscles relaxed and ready for the massage. 

  7. Get a trained massage therapist; a maalish wali” aunty will not do. 

  8. Be choosy about body position; lie on your side or semi-reclining for a prenatal massage, never on the stomach. 

  9. Speak up, ask questions, or speak if any discomfort arises during the massage. 

  10. You can use a gentle moisturizer or coconut/ olive/ safflower/ grapeseed or mustard oil for your massage.

If you have a history of preterm labor, if you are experiencing cramps, if you are bleeding, if you have any other infections, or if you are in your first or third trimester, you should avoid prenatal massage. 

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