Taking Proper Precautions
- Most massage therapists suggest waiting until your second and third trimester to begin massages.
- Talk to your healthcare provider before attempting any massage techniques at home. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, massage might be harmful.
- Your massage can last from just a few minutes to an hour. Shorter massages, however, might encourage your partner to give them more frequently.
- If at any time you experience discomfort, tenderness, or light-headedness, stop the massage.
- Each of the massage therapists pointed out that they do not normally use any oils in their practice simply because women are especially sensitive to smells during pregnancy and don't enjoy the odors. You should avoid essential oils too unless you check with your healthcare provider first, since some oils are unsafe during pregnancy.
Finding a Professional Massage Therapist
Ask your healthcare provider to recommend a massage therapist, or look for a certified massage therapist in your area who specializes in treating pregnant patients. Most massage therapists will allow your partner to sit in on your massage and will give you pointers about how to do techniques at home. Many therapists also offer classes for couples.
Massage is an easy way to bring you relief from pregnancy aches and pains. Better yet, learning how to relax with your partner's assistance will help you learn together what might make you more comfortable while you're in labor—and that is a relief!