Learn about the importance of safety considerations when it comes to prenatal massage therapy. Work with a licensed therapist to ensure a safe and soothing experience for both mother and baby.
At Mornington Peninsula Myotherapy and Massage, safety is always our top priority. This is especially true when it comes to prenatal massage. Pregnancy is a unique and delicate time, and it's important to work with a licensed massage therapist who is trained in prenatal massage and understands the specific needs of pregnant women.
There are several safety considerations to keep in mind when providing massage therapy during pregnancy. First and foremost, it is generally recommended to avoid massage during the first trimester. This is because the risk of miscarriage is highest during this time. However, once a woman enters her second trimester, massage therapy can be a safe and effective way to alleviate the discomforts of pregnancy.
During prenatal massage, certain techniques and pressure points should be avoided to ensure the safety of both the mother and the growing baby. For example, deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy should be avoided, as they can put too much pressure on the abdomen and potentially cause harm. Instead, gentle Swedish massage techniques and light pressure can be used to promote relaxation and relieve tension.
It's also important to pay attention to the mother's positioning during the massage. Lying flat on the back can put pressure on the vena cava, a large vein that carries blood to the heart, and potentially cause dizziness or fainting. Instead, the mother can be positioned on her side or with our specific pregnancy pillows that support your hips, pelvis and growing belly.
In addition to working with a licensed massage therapist, it's also important to communicate any concerns or medical conditions with your healthcare provider before starting massage therapy during pregnancy.
In summary, prenatal massage can be a safe and effective way to alleviate the discomforts of pregnancy when performed by a licensed massage therapist who is trained in prenatal massage and understands the specific needs of pregnant women. By taking these safety considerations into account, we can ensure a safe and relaxing experience for both the mother and the growing baby.