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Prenatal Massage

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Prenatal massage shares similarities with regular massage as it aims to alleviate muscle tension, improve blood flow and mobility, and provide relaxation. However, it is tailored to the specific needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. Therapists trained in prenatal massage modify their techniques accordingly.

What to know before booking a prenatal massage.

How do I choose a prenatal therapist?

As you would with other healthcare providers, take the time to interview potential massage therapists and select someone you feel at ease with. It's important to find a massage therapist in your area who is certified in prenatal/pregnancy massage. This specialty service requires additional training and education, so not all therapists are equipped to provide it.

Should I receive prenatal massage?

Most Definitely! As long as your healthcare provider approves. In fact, starting a massage routine can be extremely beneficial. Pregnancy creates many changes in the body. Between changes in your mood, posture and center of gravity, carrying a baby can create aches and pains throughout your body. 

When should I receive a prenatal massage?

There are no restrictions on when to receive prenatal massage. Some therapists may not provide massage during the first trimester; these stigmas are not serving anyone! There is no evidence getting a massage in the first trimester will increase the risk of miscarriage. However, morning sickness can be a determining factor for you when to start receiving prenatal massage.

A regular prenatal massage routine is excellent labor prep bodywork. You can benefit throughout your entire pregnancy with monthly massage appointments until around week 27. Then, from week 27 to week 36 schedule bi-weekly appointments. And, from week 36 until birth continue with weekly appointments.

Will I be laying face down, or on my back like a traditional massage?

Positioning is different with a prenatal massage. Most prenatal massages are in a side-lying position. Due to breast tenderness, lying facedown may not be comfortable in early stages. Once you start showing you, won't be permitted to lie facedown either. Also, lying flat on your back is not recommended. Weight from your uterus and other organs during pregnancy puts pressure on the vein returning blood from your legs. A reclined position is best when on your back, so that your heart is above the baby.

Does a prenatal massage cost more than other massage modalities?

Cost depends on a few factors and can vary depending on your area and the therapist. With prenatal being a specialty service, many will charge more due to the added certifications. Although, Jenn does not charge extra for prenatal massage services, even with her added certifications. She charges for her time, not per service.

In addition, Jenn accepts FSA/HSA payments for services recommended.

Benefits of prenatal massage include:

  • ​Alleviate neck, back, pelvic and leg pain

  • Help facilitate natural childbirth

  • Maintain a healthy pregnancy

  • May reduce labor pain during childbirth

  • May reduce labor and delivery times

  • May lower rate of premature labor

  • Help lower stress and anxiety

  • Improve mood and decrease depression

  • Improve restful sleep

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