Everyone deserves a good massage, and expectant mothers are no exception. Pregnancy, after all, comes with various physical discomforts including sore muscles, fatigue and back pain which can be reduced by a massage. Prenatal massage also reduces anxiety and improves blood and lymphatic circulation.
Prenatal massage therapy in West Palm Beach improves an infant’s motor skills and interactions since it promotes fetal growth and development. The essential thing in prenatal massage is the safety of the mother and fetus.
Here are some areas you should focus on for a safe prenatal massage:
Most obstetricians recommend starting your prenatal massages in the second trimester. This is because of the high risk of miscarriage associated with a first-trimester massage. Second-trimester massages focus on relieving fluid retention and backaches. Clients who start their prenatal massages in the third trimester may feel puffy and hence require more intense massage techniques.
Every pregnancy is different and before starting your prenatal massages ensure you get a green light from your obstetrician. Women with high-risk pregnancies might be advised to avoid massages altogether while the obstetrician might recommend a maximum number of sessions for some. Some obstetricians might also recommend avoidance of aromatherapy as most expectant women are sensitive to smells.
Your Choice of Massage Parlor
You cannot afford to walk into any massage parlor that purports to offer prenatal massage and expect the best. Always ensure the spa you select has a licensed and qualified prenatal masseuse. A qualified prenatal masseuse is also aware of the massage techniques and pressure points to avoid for expectant clients to enhance the client’s well-being.
Positioning is one of the critical things to consider in prenatal massages. Expectant mothers are advised to lie on their sides after 20-24 weeks. This is because lying on their backs causes the large uterus to compress the vena cava and hence compromises blood supply to the heart.