What are the risks of massage while pregnant?

Massage can lower blood pressure which can cause dizziness after your treatment. At Jackie’s Sports Massage we advise all ladies to sit on the bed for a few minutes before they get up and dressed to be sure the dizziness does not occur. 

There are quite a few essential oils not to use in pregnancy so I recommend not using any at all when you go for your pregnancy massage. Just a plain, non fragrant grapeseed oil is best. If you would like to use essential oils during your pregnancy its best to see an aroma therapist who specializes in this area and would be more familiar with which oils are safe.

Some of the most commonly used oils to stay away from are wintergreen, arnica, eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella, peppermint and cinnamon oils.

In short, natural, non fragrant is always best. 

Always be sure to see a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist in a reputable clinic that has pregnancy massage experience. Rest assured Pregnancy massage is safe but there is the potential to be slightly uncomfortable. Trigger point/ pressure point massage is not recommended until you are ready to give birth so never opt for those types of treatments whilst pregnant. Also, it is safe to massage the feet but again no trigger point/ reflexology should be used until you are ready to give birth.

Also Make sure your therapist has a Diploma in Remedial Massage and has also done a course in Pregnancy Massage.  

Can my partner help with massage at home and if so, what are the most important tips? 

If your partner would like to help ease your pregnancy symptoms at home the best advice I can give is to use a plain oil and make sure they just give a very light pressure massage to help flush out any fluid retention and to aide in relaxation. Best to leave the firmer pressured massages to the professionals.


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