Getting a Massage while Pregnant

Aug 24, 2019 | Guides

Updated 29/08/2023

Is it Safe to get a Sports Massage while I am Pregnant? Find out all the do’s & Dont’s of Pregnancy massage in this BLOG and how it may be able to help you.


Is it Safe & Beneficial to get a massage when you are Pregnant?

Being pregnant is an exciting and magical time, however, it is no secret that it can really take a toll on your body. After all you are responsible for growing another person and this is going to have an impact on how you feel.

It seems that there might not be much that you can do to help you to feel better, or at least somewhere close to your normal self, when you are pregnant. But the truth may be that there is something that you can do to help and that something is massage.

So, how can massage help pregnant women? What are the benefits for them in the short and the long-term?


Stress reduction

Whilst there may be many visuals of pregnant women looking serene and gazing lovingly at their bump. The truth is that being pregnant can be an incredibly stressful time. Your body is going to be going through plenty of changes, your hormones are going to be everywhere and you are also going to feel anxious about your pregnancy and the future too. Sports Massage & Deep Tissue Massage gives you the chance to unwind, to relax and to try and let go of some of the stress that you may be feeling during pregnancy.


Pain relief

Your body is under a massive amount of strain when you are pregnant, including your muscles and joints. There is a good chance that you are going to feel pain across your body. Mainly in your lower back, hips, legs and neck. Massage will target these areas and help to release some of the tension and fatigue that will be causing you to feel pain.


It can reduce swelling

Another common issue that can arise during pregnancy is swelling. This is often due to a lack of circulation in both your blood and lymph nodes. This often occurs in the hands and the feet, which means that when it comes to pregnancy massage, you will find that the therapist will focus on these areas and make sure that they increase the flow of both of blood and lymph too.


It will make you feel great!

As we have already covered, pregnancy isn’t always the easiest of times. Simply treating yourself to a massage is going to make you feel great. It will make you feel happier, it will make you feel pampered and it will make you feel ready to take on the world. Isn’t that the kind of feeling that every single pregnant woman should have?

If you are pregnant and you feel that massage could help you with any of the above things. It is definitely worthwhile taking a look and heading to your local pregnancy massage specialist to help you to get back on the right track and ensure that you feel great during your pregnancy again.


Is It Safe?

Overall pregnancy massage is very safe providing the therapist puts you in a safe & comfortable position and doesn’t apply to much pressure during the massage.   Here at Circle 8 Massage in Leeds we generally recommend not getting a massage until you are at least 12 weeks pregnant and out of the first trimester, simply because there is an increased risk of miscarriage during the first trimester.  In addition to massage we always find Cupping Therapy a great alternative as there is no direct pressure and it doesn’t hurt at all.

So don’t suffer in silence and book yourself in for a pregnancy massage with Circle 8 Massage today.

FAQs about Prenatal Massages

Is it safe to get a massage during any trimester?

Yes, it’s generally safe throughout pregnancy, but consult your doctor first.

Can prenatal massages induce labour?

No, skilled therapists avoid triggering labour-inducing pressure points.

How often can I get a prenatal massage?

Once a month is common, but listen to your body and adjust accordingly.

What should I wear during the massage?

Wear comfortable clothing or use draping provided by the therapist.

Can I get a massage if I have pregnancy-related complications?

Consult your healthcare provider before scheduling a massage.

What positions will I be in during the massage?

Typically, side-lying or semi-reclining positions are used to ensure comfort.

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