Things to remember about massage whilst pregnant
- If you are four months pregnant or more lying on your back is not always a good idea. Being in this position can result in pressure being put on important blood vessels, so it is wise to request that the massage therapist positions you so that you’re facing the wall instead of looking up at the ceiling.
- Ensure the therapist uses unscented lotions or oils as some aromatherapy oils have been known to cause uterine contractions.
- Consider getting reflexology therapy. This is when pressure is applied to certain areas of the feet, hands, and ears; it is great for swollen, tired feet and for reducing stress levels. Your therapist should be experienced in performing reflexology on pregnant women because pressure applied to certain areas may trigger contractions.
- We recommend avoiding Botox when pregnant and also to staying away from saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools. Anything that increases your body temperature is off-limits during pregnancy. Opting for lighter and more relaxation based treatments such as massage and the facials recommended above is best until after your little bundle arrives.