If you live a clean lifestyle (one that is filled with healthy foods, adequate exercise, and devoid of smoking, drugs, and excessive drinking), you are a good candidate for massage starting in the second trimester.
Prenatal massage therapy can be an instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care.
Some benefits may include:
Reduced back pain.
Reduced joint pain.
Reduced edema (swelling).
Reduced muscle tension and headaches.
Reduced stress and anxiety.
Side-lying positioning with supportive cushions is used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and shoulders, allowing the client to enjoy massage up to delivery. While supine (face up) a support is provided under the right hip to alleviate pressure on the lower vena cava.
Women in high-risk pregnancies should consult their doctor or midwife and obtain permission to receive massage in writing.
Char Huber is licensed through the Colorado Department of Regulated Agencies. License #3144