Studies have shown that pregnancy massage therapies help pregnant ladies to improve their stress conditions, promote better sleep, reduce leg and back pain. However, there are also a number of pregnancy massage contraindications that should be considered first before any prenatal massage sessions. Be sure you get clearance from the doctor first so as not to put the mother or baby at risk especially if you are:
- experiencing any nausea, vomit, or morning sickness.
- have a high risk pregnancy.
- at high risk of miscarriage.
During First Trimester
Pregnancy massage during the first trimester is contraindicated as the majority of miscarriages occur during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Acupressure and Reflexology
Acupressure and reflexology are the two types of massages that have been contraindicated on the pressure points associated with the ovaries and uterus. Other massage techniques such as aromatherapy, lymphatic drainage, sports and Swedish massage, deep tissue massage should be avoided in order to prevent any pregnancy risks.
Any massage can dislodge blood clots therefore it is advised to be best avoided during pregnancy.
As breast stimulation can lead to uterine contraction, therefore breast massage should be avoided.
Cramping and Bleeding
Pregnancy massage is considered harmful for pregnant woman who are experiencing bleeding, cramping, abdominal or pelvic pain.
Essential Oils Used in Pregnancy Massage
Women during pregnancy are prone to nausea. Therefore, most essential oils are contraindicated during the first trimester of pregnancy. Experts considered essential oils such as rose, rosemary, chamomile, geranium and lavender as contraindicated.
Improper Positioning and Yoga
Improper positioning during pregnancy on the massage table or certain yoga poses can cause complications for both baby and mother such as fainting, ligament strains and leg cramps. Pregnancy massage or yoga that incorporates those poses should be avoided.