We should say first that we are not specialists in “pregnancy massage” and we cannot offer pregnancy massage.
If you are pregnant and considering a massage, there are a few important things to consider.
In your first trimester, there is too high a risk (and sickness may put you off any aromatherapy), and in your third trimester it can be hard to get without specialist tables (i.e. with a hole for the bump) or pillows and wedges (for side-lying position).
Even for second trimester clients, clinical research on pregnancy massage is very limited and there are no scientifically agreed upon guidelines, so many GPs take a conservative approach. Please be sure you get clearance from your doctor before you have a massage if you are at all worried, and especially if:
- You are still experiencing nausea, vomiting, or morning sickness
- You are at higher risk of miscarriage
- You have a high-risk pregnancy such as placental abruption
A good massage therapist will tailor your treatment – deep tissue full body massage is not recommended (especially on the legs) and nor is Thai traditional massage (as that requires lying on your front with lower back pressure). A more relaxing and lower-pressure aromatherapy massage routine is often suggested. If you are unable or uncomfortable lying on your front then full body massage treatments are probably out of the question. A thirty minute head, neck and shoulder massage with you lying on your back (partly reclined) might be ideal. It can still be a wonderful way to ease an aching back and stiff shoulders and can lift your mood and get those feel-good endorphins flowing, leaving you refreshed.
If you are sensitive to smells, remember to request odour-less oil instead of aromatherapy blends.
Thanks for reading!