Do’s and Dont’s of Pregnancy Massage | Blog By Dr. Monica Agarwal, Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Do you have to stop receiving massage close to your due date?

Do you have to stop receiving massage close to your due date?

by: Dr. Monica Agarwal
Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology - Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Massage during pregnancy can be done to comfort and pamper the pregnant women. It might have many positive effects like- lowered anxiety, improved sleep, decreased levels of stress hormones, reduced swelling, reduced headaches, reduced joint and muscle pain, decreased cramps in legs and back, improved mood, improved cardiovascular health, less feeling of depression etc

It may also have a role in boosting the immune system as many good hormones called endorphins are secreted during massage therapy which are responsible for health and happiness.

Do’s and don’ts for massage in pregnant women:

  • Light strokes should be used
  • Massage should be done towards the heart to improve circulation
  • Limbs should be concentrated upon
  • Abdomen is usually avoided
  • The position is very important during the massage. Lying on back or abdomen is not possible hence lying on the side is the best.
  • Stretching on uterus or ligaments should be avoided
  • Any discomfort should be immediately reported
  • Lots of pillows should be used for support of body
  • Communication with the pregnant women is very important. Keep asking her for feedback like where it feels good and comforting and whether any action causes discomfort
  • Foot massage is specially great for swelling and to relax the most stressed part of body

Scientific studies are lacking on the subject of massage during pregnancy and certified therapists are difficult to find. Because of lack of scientific evidence, this area is not used completely but the feeling you get is always good after a good massage, so you should definitely explore its potential but always ask your doctor before taking massage therapy and always get it at a reliable center with trained personnel. Some doctors are totally against massage during pregnancy. Some allow massage if it is a low risk, uncomplicated pregnancy.

When should massage therapy not be done in Pregnancy?

Massage should be avoided in certain situations like-

  • Increased risk of miscarriage
  • The first trimester is avoided
  • Increased nausea and vomiting
  • High-risk pregnancy
  • PIH
  • Increased risk of abruption
  • Risk of preterm labor
  • Bleeding per vaginum

The conclusion is that you can take massage near your due date with caution if your doctor allows and a trained therapist is available as it can ease a lot of aches and pains, help you sleep better and even labor will be easier as stress hormones will be less in the body.


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