Along with being a joyful experience, pregnancy can be tiring and uncomfortable. Massage can help you to optimise your health and wellbeing, and consequently that of your baby.
Pregnancy massage is designed to be relaxing and to promote lymphatic drainage, so gentle, stroking (effleurage) techniques are used mainly. Deeper, firmer massage is avoided because ligaments are softer during pregnancy.
Some of the potential benefits of massage during pregnancy are:
Positioning is key during pregnancy massage in order to:
I recommend informing your midwife and doctor that you are planning to have massage during your pregnancy. I prefer not to treat during the first trimester. Massage is not suitable for high risk pregnancies, so should be avoided if you have vaginal bleeding or spotting, threatened miscarriage, a history of early labour, placental dysfunction, eclampsia or gestational diabetes.
I use organic grapeseed oil for pregnancy massage, which is naturally hypo-allergenic.