Frequent question: Is it safe to have a massage when pregnant?

What areas should not be massaged during pregnancy?

Certain parts of your feet and lower legs become “switches” during pregnancy, being able to trigger reactions regarding your pregnancy. The 3 spots on the legs to be avoided are: the reflexology areas around the ankles, SP6 acupressure point, urinary bladder 60, and urinary bladder 67.

What kind of massage is safe during pregnancy?

Safe Techniques for Pregnancy Massage

Deep-tissue massage, with firm strokes pressing deep into muscles. Swedish massage, with long strokes to muscles and attention to joint mobility. Shiatsu, with pressure and tapping on acupressure points to stimulate the body’s natural energy (called qi)

When should massage be avoided during pregnancy?

But you’ll want to avoid massage during the first three months of pregnancy as it may trigger dizziness and add to morning sickness.

Can a full body massage cause miscarriage?

Massage has never been clearly implicated legally or scientifically as a cause of miscarriage. In the majority of cases, miscarriage occurs because the fetus is nonviable. Touch to the abdomen , unless intentionally harmful, does not hurt the baby or the mother.

Can I lay on my stomach for massage while pregnant?

Can I lay on my stomach during a massage? As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.

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Can I use a back massager while pregnant?

Yes. Some massage chair manufacturers recommend that pregnant women not use these chairs because of a concern that stimulating pressure points on the back could cause premature labor.

What pressure points should you avoid when pregnant?

One of the pressure points that pregnant women must avoid is found in the ankles. The medial malleolus, also known as the Sanyinjioa or SP6, is a spot located three fingers’ width above the ankle bone. If the medial malleolus is manipulated during pregnancy, it can lead to contractions, which is not safe for the fetus.

Can vibrations hurt a fetus?

Pregnant women should not be exposed to strong whole body vibrations and/or blows to the body, e.g. while driving off-road vehicles. Exposing the entire body to vibrations over time can increase the risk for premature birth or low birth weight.

Can pressure points cause miscarriage?

Areas to avoid massaging during pregnancy

First things first: Massaging certain acupressure points might trigger a miscarriage or preterm labor. Sometimes these points are massaged to induce labor — and they may decrease the length and painfulness of labor — but you want to avoid them before then.