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Q: Can pregnant women receive massages and is it safe?

December 21st, 2011

A: Yes, expectant mothers can safely receive massages AFTER the first trimester. During the first 12 weeks of gestation, the embryo is attaching to the uteran wall and experiencing the greatest changes. It’s highly advisable to wait until you enter the first week of the second trimester before receiving any form of massage therapy.

One of the chief benefits of massage during pregnancy is an increase in circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients through the mother’s body and into the baby’s. Special techniques are incorporated into the “prenatal massage” protocol to ensure the mother’s comfort up through the final weeks of the 40-week gestation period.

It is important to seek care from a massage therapist that specializes in prenatal massage therapy. Therapists who are trained in this specific protocol know how to address the sensitive needs of expectant mothers.

As a general rule, prenatal massage is uniquely beneficial during the last two trimesters of pregnancy. However massage is NEVER RECOMMENDED for HIGH-RISK PREGNANCIES. Please consult your physician to find out if “Prenatal Massage” is right for you.

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Rita Muilenburg – Plymouth Massage Therapist and Advanced Massage Educator

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