A mother-to-be can get a prenatal massage at any point during a healthy pregnancy however in a high risk pregnancy or when there are complications it is a good idea to talk to your medical team such as your midwife, obstetrician, GP and prenatal massage therapist.
- Dizziness and nausea
- Too deep massage of back or abdomen causing spotting or cramping
- Inducing labor
- Muscle soreness
All of these side effects can be avoided by picking the right therapist. Nausea and dizziness can occur after any massage and can be common during pregnancy. Before a massage treatment it is advised to avoid eating immediately before and to get up carefully after the massage to avoid problems. Water should be consumed after the massage to prevent muscle soreness.
The benefits of a pregnancy massage are numerous including improvements in overall physical, metal and emotional health for many pregnant women. Massage can be easily incorporated into a routine to help improve the pregnancy outcome.