Most insurance plans don’t cover prenatal massage, but some offer discounts — a good thing considering the cost of a prenatal massage session can cost between $60 and $100 or more for a 30- to 60-minute massage, depending on your location and the facility.
How is prenatal massage different?
A prenatal massage differs from a regular massage in the sense that different techniques are used. These techniques are specific to the many anatomical changes a woman undergoes during pregnancy and will in no way cause harm to the mother or the baby.
What is included in a prenatal massage?
During a prenatal massage, you will usually positioned be lying on your side rather than on your stomach or back. This is particularly important during the later stages of pregnancy. Pillows, bolsters, or padding may be used to support your back, knees, and/or feet.
How often should you get a prenatal massage?
Recommended Appointment Schedule For Prenatal Massage. For prenatal massage, it is recommended that your appointments coincide with your doctor visits. This means once a month until 27 weeks, and twice a month until 36 weeks. After that, it is recommended that you transition to weekly appointments until you give birth.
When is the best time to get a prenatal massage?
A prenatal massage during the third trimester is highly recommended. By the time you hit the third trimester you are starting the countdown. Not just to meet your new baby but also because your body is most likely uncomfortable by now. It’s possible your feet are swelling, your back aches and you probably can’t sleep.
What areas should not be massaged during pregnancy?
Experts stay safe by avoiding pressure points associated with the pelvis, wrists, hands, and ankles. Due to the risk of blood clots during pregnancy it is also important to avoid deep tissue massage in the legs.
Are prenatal massages safe?
Can pregnant women get massages? Prenatal massages are generally considered safe after the first trimester, as long as you get the green light from your practitioner and you let your massage therapist know you’re pregnant.
When should I stop getting prenatal massages?
However, many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy. The first trimester carries an increased risk of miscarriage, and some therapists are concerned that the increased blood flow during a massage might be harmful.
Can you lay on your stomach while pregnant?
Early on in pregnancy, you can sleep on your stomach. Eventually, that position can become uncomfortable. But it’s OK to sleep on your stomach if it is comfortable. Lying on your back is not recommended because of pressure on the inferior vena cava.
What are the benefits of prenatal massage?
The Benefits of Prenatal Massage During Every Stage of Pregnancy
- Reduced stress levels and fewer insomnia issues because of the increased relaxation.
- Relief of hormone-induced anxiety and depression.
- Less edema, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, fatigue, and digestive problems.
What if I accidentally sleep on my back while pregnant?
Dr. Zanotti reassures expectant mothers not to stress if they accidentally find themselves on their backs for a brief spell. “We do know that short periods of time ―even if you were on your back for an hour or two ― probably do no harm to your child,” she says.
Why put a pillow between your legs when pregnant?
Being in this position maximizes blood flow to the uterus without putting pressure on the liver. Women who experience hip or back pain during pregnancy may find that placing a pillow or two between the knees or bending the knees during sleep can help provide relief.
Can I lay on my stomach for massage while pregnant?
Can I lay on my stomach during a massage? As long as you are comfortable, laying on your stomach during a massage will not hurt your baby.
Will a prenatal massage induce labor?
If you someone is on or past their due date, and wants to bring on labor, Prenatal Massage can help naturally induce labor with specific work on reflex and acupressure points that promote the birth process.
Can I get a pedicure while pregnant?
Yes, it’s generally safe to get manicures and pedicures during pregnancy. That said, nail polish and artificial nails are made up of chemical compounds, but there just isn’t much in the way of research or controlled studies assessing their safety during pregnancy.