One of the questions we get asked all the time from expecting mothers is “Can I get my back massaged while pregnant?” The answer is yes – you can definitely enjoy a massage while pregnant and we can do some good back work and keep you and baby comfortable and safe! Pregnancy massages are actually known to offer many benefits to expecting and new mothers.
In this blog post, we’ll talk about prenatal massage, some of the benefits of this type of massage, and which trimester is best for getting it. We’ll also discuss the pregnancy cushion – a specialized pillow to help rest your mind and bring your body to the perfect massage position.
What Is a Prenatal Massage?
A prenatal massage is specifically designed for pregnant women. This type of massage can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It’s also a wonderful way to nurture your body, ease muscle tension, and relieve aches and pains during pregnancy.
Prenatal massage can be performed in any trimester but is most commonly done during the second and third trimesters. Some businesses will only offer prenatal massage during the later trimesters due to the increased risk for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This increased risk has nothing to do with receiving massage but instead stems from the stage of development of the fetus during that first trimester. Before beginning any new prenatal care, consult your doctor.
What Is a Pregnancy Cushion?
During pregnancy, it may be uncomfortable to lie face down (prone) because your stomach and breasts are growing and feel tender. Our solution to this is The EarthLite® Prone Comfort™ Bolster & Headrest, a bolster that offers comfortable face-down positioning for pregnant women to receive back massage, while in a prone position, at any time during their pregnancy.
This cushion can provide unique support for pregnant women. It can help to support your back, neck, and belly while you’re lying face down (prone). It also provides a great inclined position while laying face up (supine). This helps with blood flow to the baby and general well being for momma. It’s also great for helping you to breathe deeply and evenly while you’re getting a massage.
During the session, our massage therapists will make sure you’re positioned correctly so you can enjoy the massage comfortably. If you’re pregnant and looking for a convenient way to get a massage, be sure to ask your massage therapist about the pregnancy cushion.
Pregnancy is a wonderful time for women, but it can also be tough on the body. Many women wonder if they can get a massage while pregnant and we’re excited to say that yes: a prenatal massage is safe and can be very beneficial for new mothers. Plus, the pregnancy cushion we offer at Vinings Massage and Wellness can especially help to make sure you’re comfortable during your massage.
That being said, it’s always a good idea to check with your physician before receiving a massage. If you’re pregnant, be sure to ask your doctor if this type of massage is right for you!
As you go through pregnancy, we are here to help make every step easier. Our massage therapists are ready to help you with your pregnancy massage needs. Schedule an appointment for a prenatal massage today!