Are Prenatal Massages Safe?

by | Sep 3, 2021 | Prenatal Massage

Getting a prenatal massage Broken Bow is a safe and effective way to ease the physical and mental stress that may come with pregnancy. Before scheduling a prenatal massage, it helps to know its benefits, when to have one, and what to look for in your Oklahoma day spa.

 

Benefits of Prenatal Massage Broken Bow

The many benefits of prenatal massages combine for a relaxing mind and body harmony massage spa experience.

 

Pain Relief

During pregnancy, your posture realigns to move your center of gravity over your hips. This can put stress on your joints and muscles, leading to neck, shoulder, back, pelvic, or sciatic nerve pain. Prenatal massages can help relieve this.

 

Easing Swelling

Many women experience swelling during pregnancy. As your growing uterus increases pressure on your veins, fluid may build up around your legs, ankles, and feet. Prenatal massages can reduce that buildup to ease joint swelling and pain.

 

Stress Reduction

Prenatal massage Broken Bow can boost your mood and enhance your well-being by reducing your stress hormone levels and potentially improving immune function. Additionally, prenatal massages may reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

 

Better Sleep

The physical discomfort of pregnancy combined with the stress and anxiety that can come with this significant life change may lead to difficulty sleeping. By soothing pain and easing your mind, prenatal massages can help you sleep better.

 

When to Schedule a Prenatal Massage

You can get prenatal massages in your second and third trimesters. While not always necessary, you may want to first check with your doctor. You should not get a prenatal massage during your first trimester or if you have certain health conditions.

 

Why Avoid Massages During Your First Trimester

Many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients in their first trimester due to the increased risk of miscarriages at the beginning of pregnancy. For your and your baby’s safety, it is best to wait until your second or third trimester.

 

Why Avoid Massages if You Have Certain Health Conditions

Massages engage your circulatory system to boost blood flow. While this is often a benefit, it can negatively affect some health conditions. Before scheduling a prenatal massage, consult with your doctor if you have:

  • Increased risk of pre-term labor.
  • Problems with your placenta.
  • High blood pressure that is not medication-controlled.
  • Preeclampsia, congenital heart disease, or other high-risk concerns.
  • Blood clots or a clotting disorder.
  • Recently had a surgery or organ transplant.
  • Recently experienced an injury.

What to Look for in an Oklahoma Day Spa

 

Prenatal Massage Experience

Your massage therapist needs a specialized certification showing that they received the advanced education needed to massage pregnant women safely. This is essential as some techniques and trigger points used in regular massages may be unsafe for prenatal massages.

 

Focus on Hygiene

Whether you visit a spa or schedule an in-cabin massage, every surface must be clean and hygienic. For our in-cabin massages, we focus on providing a relaxing and clean environment to protect your and your baby’s health. Additionally, all of our products are safe for sensitive skin.

 

Careful Positioning

Laying on your stomach or back for too long is unsafe, so your prenatal massage therapist must know how to position you correctly. We will carefully position you with quality pillows and cushions to keep you and your baby safe and comfortable.

 

Proper Equipment

For our in-cabin massages, we take the utmost care to ensure that our massage tables, sheets, and specialty cushions are of the highest quality. Our massage oils and lotions are carefully selected, so everything is safe for pregnant women to use.

 

Our Mind and Body Harmony Massage Spa Experience

At a Servant’s Hands Massage Therapy, we bring the relaxing spa experience to your cabin vacation. Get in touch to schedule your prenatal massage.