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Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

How do you feel about acupuncture and massage during all stages of pregnancy?

Re: How do you feel about acupuncture and massage during all stages of pregnancy?

The Bump Expert

Acupuncture and massage are generally safe during pregnancy. In fact, they may help relieve some of the most common ailments of pregnancy, such as back pain and swelling!

A few things to look out for -- there are some pressure points that should be avoided in pregnant women, so make sure that your therapist is trained in pregnancy or prenatal massage. If pregnancy has made you more sensitive to smells, an aromatherapy massage may be irritating. After around 20 weeks of gestation, you should not lie flat on your back, so your masseuse should wedge you to one side (usually by placing a pillow under one hip).

If you are carrying a high risk pregnancy or are at high risk for preterm birth, speak with your doctor before scheduling a massage appointment.

Dr. Ashley Roman

re: Q: Acupunture and massage?

I heard from my facialist that I need to inform her as soon as I got pregnant because they can no longer use essential oils (some or all) on pregnant women. Is this a true concern?

aweaver96 |

re: Q: Acupuncture and massage?

I'm actually getting acupuncture to help strengthen my body for pregnancy. I have PCOS and the acupuncture in combination with cold laser has been what helped regulate me so I could get pregnant. My dr. has also told me that he can do acupuncture to help alleviate some of the worse pregnancy symptoms!

Firetwirlin |

re: Q: Acupuncture and massage?

As a licensed massage therapist I just wanted to give you girls a heads up, we are not supposed to do massage on clients during their 1st trimester because there's a higher risk of miscarriage during the 1st trimester.

jkr1028 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I was getting acupuncture for a while to "sustain" the pregnancy - scary, right? Well I finally stopped going b/c it's a waste of money unless you're like a high-risk pregnancy or something. I mean, millions of women give birth every year to healthy babies and never got acupuncture. I figure, if it's meant to be, nothing bad will happen. Better to save my money for necessary things (like rent and groceries!!).

MFalor |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

As a massage therapist, there is nothing wrong with getting a prenatal massage, and it is incredibly beneficial to you and the baby. It will help with swelling, muscle aches, fatigue, and countless other issues. As was said earlier, do not get prenatal massages in the 1st 13 weeks of your pregnancy. Make sure your massage therapist is experienced in prenatal massage modalities. On a side note, little boys have s tendency to be very active during the massage and little girls go to sleep!

mrs.conananan |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I read some actual factual scientific research articles on massage, and there is no science behind the "no massage in the first trimester" thing. It's mainly done for litigious reasons as massage/ spa places do not want to be sued since there is a higher rate of m/c. But there is with m/c anyways! It is suggested to avoid abdominal massage at that time but I never have had one there anyways. I try to always look for science instead of the instant fear reaction. And reasons why it might be bad rather than listening to what people say is bad. But that is probably because I work in science and research. ;)

jessi_cat3 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I have been getting massages throughout the 2nd and 3rd trimesters and it has really helped with any pain and swelling. I actually go to a massage school for mine because the massages are so much cheaper. Just make sure the therapist is trained in prenatal and be specific on your areas of need. I would recommend massages to anyone!!

dlandrith |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I really enjoy getting a massage while pregnant and many more spas are starting to offer pregnancy massage in their packages. With my first child I had acupuncture to help encourage labor and my acupuncturist has close to an 80% success rate with kick starting labor within 48 hours. I did have a flurry of contractions that night and I think if I had gone in for another treatment it might have really gotten things going but I had my son within a week. I was full term and she won't do that type of acupuncture on anyone who isn't full term. Just drink tons of water starting several days before your massage and several days after to flush out toxins released during the massage.

thumper76 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

This pertains to the comment about facials and essential oils. I actually had a facial yesterday with essential oils and she knew I am pregnant. How can oils be bad for you?!? I highly recommend it. It was wonderful!

elitton |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I am a licensed massage therapist, certified in prenatal, labor and postnatal massage. As others have written it is safe and beneficial to receive massage during pregnancy. Look for a massage therapist that is certified in prenatal, not just one that claims to be. They will have a form indicating when they became certified. A certified prenatal massage therapist will be able to work on you for the entire pregnancy (yes even the first trimester). The therapist will also know the acupressure points to stay away from and others that may help relieve nausea, often welcomed in the first trimester and towards the end. As for the oils, yes there are scents that are not recommended for someone who is pregnant at any stage. The therapist will know this too, or have access to a listing. Lavender and orange are generally safe and are common in facial treatments. So ladies, do your research and find a certified prenatal massage therapist, keep him/her informed during your entire pregnancy of any changes and how you are feeling, and take an hour and relax for you and the baby. Your body definitely won't regret it and who knows, maybe it will help you learn to relax better for a quick and less painful delivery. Best of Luck!

lostforwords |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

Going to a chiropractor also helps. I think it saved me from having all of the back problems pregnant women can get. Also, my best friend is a certified in prenatal, labor, and postnatal massage and I would get a massage and that is what helped the most in the end stages of my pregnancy when my legs started to swell!

not_a_mrs_yet |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

My doctor said massages are great- but acupuncture has not been studied enough to know if it is fully safe. I guess that makes sense since it uses electricity and heat! However, acupuncture is the reason I GOT PREGNANT! 6 years of being safe and I was pregnant within 2 months of getting acupuncture and chiropractic care!!! CRAZY! So, if anyone is struggling to get prego, i suggest acupuncture before you try any medications!!

farkle |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

Oh massage is soooo wonderful. Save up for the when you get bigger and uncomfortable. My hubby surprised me with a wonderful massage by dropping me off at a spa that caters to pregnant women for an anniversary present. I really want to go back again because it was so fabulous. The massage table was a small heated waterbed, I layed on my side with pillows stacked between my knees and one under my belly. The massage was done entirely on one side of the body and then I turned over to the other side. All I can say is WOW I have never had a better massage in my life at any other spa!

flygirl152 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

Very curious that a traditional doc would say Acupuncture in pregnancy hasn't been studied enough to know if it's safe! Not only has acupuncture been around for thousands of years (well before any of the "traditional" medicine currently we trust), but there have been quite a few studies concluding that acupuncture can most definitely help with infertility and miscarriage, and help relieve the myriad of symptoms pregnancy presents. Acupuncture in the first trimester can help with blood flow to the uterus and some other common causes of miscarriage. If you've struggled with infertility like I have, you'd definitely be a fan. I had my first round of IVF this July, along with 3x week acupuncture. My follicle count was even in both ovaries, but the size of all the follicles on one side were much smaller. When my acupuncturist concentrated the needles on the weak side and stopped treatment on the strong side, the follicles on the weak side "caught up" in size with the stronger side within two days. This won't make as much sense to you if you haven't been through IUI or IVF, but it was pretty strong evidence for me! (P.s. my first IVF cycle worked, and I'm 17 weeks pregnant!)

kev2010 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I agree with Flygirl...I just had my first prenatal massage earlier this week and it was amazing. I was so comfortable the whole time,i was so suprised. I'm expecting a boy and he moved around quit a bit when she was doing my lower back. I'm 28 weeks I hope I can go one more time before the baby arrives..Maybe"christmas" gift...

Gen & Joel |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I just recently got a pregnancy massage. The girl who did it is certified in prego massage, and its a lil different than a regular massage. I would recommend getting in with a massage therapist who is certified because there are certain spots that need more attention and some pressure points that need to be avoided.

kayceejo83 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

i love getting massages, facials and chiropractic while i am pregnant. i believe it all to be very much a benefit. i just won an hour and a half facial from a silent auction event in sponsor to those in treatment of cancer. I got my facial today. was so nice to learn and relax at the same time. hydrating yourself is the key. make sure to drink water afterwards in a consistent way, so as to release toxins, as you would anyway...but even more chance of dehydrating while prego. I am a massage therapist and licensed esthetician. but to be pampered while pregnant is such the utmost luxury...take advantage and just ask that no machines or harmful products be used on you while baby is growing inside you.

shannykay9 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

lostforwords has it right regarding essential oils - some are not recommended during pregnancy. my massage therapist/aromatherapist recommended lavender for my headaches (as well as massage, of course!) both work wonders for me. regarding boys moving around during prenatal massage, I just think that's hilarious! even pre-birth, they're probably bored out of their minds! I can just hear it now... "mooooommm! can we go now?!"

davidandmickey |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I've been getting acupuncture for pain in my lower back on and off for the past 5 1/2 years. I hadn't seen my acupuncturist since before I got pregnant and went to speak to him on Friday because of new pain in my back and my sciatica (I'm 18 weeks along now) - he said that he could put the needles in other places (not necessarily in the areas of my lower back that he normally does) but he said that overall there are certain risks with treating lower back pain when pregnant. I decided to wait until after having the baby to go back for treatment. BTW - he's from China (that's why I had difficulty getting the full reason as to why he was hesitant about doing acupuncture on me now), but he is both a practitioner of western and eastern medicine (he's an M.D. in the U.S. and graduated from the University of Miami, FL where he also is now a researcher). If I lived back in Los Angeles (where I'm from originally) I'd have more trusted choices for acupuncturists and would probably visit another one to get a second opinion, but for now I'm going to hold of. Unless of course the pain gets much worse and then I may go back to him and see what he says. Anyway, just wanted to share my experience!  Pregnancy Ticker

curlscj |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I go to Massage Envy, they have people skilled and certified in prenatal massage! they are cheap and good...massage in the first trimester is not discouraged, there is more risk for you to get sick if you have morning sickness anyway, lol, but i researched and there is no scientific reason not to get a massage in the first trimester, you just have to see someone who knows what they are doing...they lay you on your side and massage that way, it really is relaxing and helpful!

jlewis121186 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

essential oils (some of them) can cross to the baby and even though it's great to your 140+lb body, it can be overwhelming to your 5oz baby and that's why you shouldn't use essential oils (or drink alcohol)l.

fjb70 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I am going for a massage in 2 weeks from now, when I will be about 10 weeks pregnant. Since there is mixed commentary about massage causing miscarriage, I'm feeling a little concerned, but I had a massage with my first pregnancy and there were no problems. They know that I'm pregnant and they are licensed massage therapists. Spas don't want to get sued -- if it were that risky, they would tell you not to do it. Thanks for the tips about using lavender instead of other essential oils. I'm looking forward to the TLC!

Wife4ayear |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I recently had extreme low back pain at the 24 week mark. to the point if Istepped wrong on my left foot it sent a shock down my leg! I went to a prenatal massage and it did wonders for the swelling of my feet and the pain! I now have them regularly scheduled until the due date every couple of weeks! I highly reccomend them! And my hubby is a great foot massage therapist! He has been awesome!

lisareece |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I am a massage therapist. I agree with the 'scientific' lady that massage can be performed in the first trimester. It is all about liabilty. Just be sure your therapist knows you're pregnant and that she's comfortable with it. I have massaged women in their first trimester. I just make sure they are aware that there is no scientific evidence that massage can cause miscarriage, so if it does happen don't label massage as the cause.

mommajoy2010 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I'm a Massage Therapist, prenatal massage is safe, we need to know so we can accomadate you, there are pressure points to avoid and, there are some essential oils we can not use due to the possible danger to the baby. Also avoid body treatments that use water above the temperture of 100 degrees. High-risk pregnanices shoudl consult their doctors, and if you feeling uneasy, ask your doctor. Prenatal massage is gentle and relaxing and really good for you and the baby. :) Good luck!

BrideBritt88 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

i want one.

LittleLaurD |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I am a hairstylist and im just about 34 weeks pregnant. I work at a salon and spa and one of our massage therapists specialize in prenatal massages...I highly recommend getting them done. Whether you get just a half hour, or full hour massage, it is worth it. Being able to relax and not have to worry for just a moment is so nice. She does not use the table warmer on me, but instead uses warm towels on the places that are extra tense. LOVE IT! Good luck to everyone and enjoy our massages :)

babyelliot10 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I had a traumatic massage in my first trimester - - - I ended up bleeding that night. Everything ended up alright but be very very careful. I still go in for massage but they are VERY gentle and they do not pull out any massage tools. 18 weeks now.

rachelrifat |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

Many Essential oils used in aromatherapy blends have abortive herbs like rosemary and clary sage. Aromatherapy may sound like silly smell good therapy but the herbs in the oils have the same effect on you when you're smelling them, thus the soothing/stimulating effect of peppermint. So beware & read the ingredients before using them!

Heres2hoping |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

Smelling peppermint essential oil causes abortions? Can you post the study behind this? BTW, mandarin, tangerine, geranium and lavendar diluted (safely) in a base vegetable oil or rose hip or wheat germ oil can potentially prevent stretch marks.

Zahryia |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

uh oh! I just had a massage 3 days ago... 2 days ago I found out I was 4 1/2 weeks pregnant! I didn't think anything of it, because we had been trying for 6 months and actually thought we were unable to concieve. I really hope I didn't harm my baby by having that massage.

Nikki_Casey |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I am 12 weeks now and my back hurts so bad! Can my husband give me a back massage? Does that count? Is it just professional massages that I need to be careful of? Is there a difference in danger whether I get a deep tissue massage or not?

LaDon333 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

My DH gives me amazing massages. My feet have been hurting lately and we heard that some of the pressure points to avoid are on your feet. Does anyone know where on your feet to avoid?

2Damicos |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

Just wanted to chime in about the essential oils thing... I am a licensed cosmetologist and licensed to do facials. I actually just went to a class on essential oils and it is true there are oils that you should stay away from if you are pregnant. To echo an earlier post, do your research and see someone you trust that explains everything to you before any facial service. Best of luck ladies!

pc3olivia |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I've been seeing a traditional Chinese acupuncturist with over 40 years of experience for some time. I believe she even helped me get pregnant. But once I conceived, I was very surprised when she said she couldn't treat me for morning sickness during my first trimester. She said it's best to avoid acupuncture all together until after the baby is born.

FirstTimeMom1812 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I just went in for a massage (With carrier, not essential oils) and it was fabulous! They do lay you on your side, with pillows stacked up around you and it does feel quite a bit different as opposed to the way us women would normally be getting them, but once you pass the initial oddness factor, it feels amazing! The therapist told me that my hips and shoulders were so knotted, that she didn't know how I could even walk. She recommends every pregnant woman get a massage twice a month and to get your man to do it at home as well. It's very important for flexibility and ease, when you reach your third trimester and become so uncomfortable, all that rubbing will certainly pay off. I also got Acupuncture done and the Lady said that as long as no needles are inserted into your pelvis or lower back, then you should be fine. =)

EyesofOphelia |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I am about 13 weeks pregnant. I got a massage today on a heated table and didn't think anything of it until after the massage. She had me lay on my back first for about 30 min and then aboutn30 min on my stomach. It was very warm and now I am worried that the baby might have gotten hot since I was on the table so long and laying on my stomach on a heated table. Does anyone know if this amt of time has potential to affect the baby?

mdhizar |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I am a Massage Therapist and doing working now. Me and my fiance are thinking about trying to have another baby is it safe to practice massage and be pregnant?

ccoop19 |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

If the people providing the acupuncture or massage are medically trained to do this job then I see no reason why it wouldn't be recommended. A friend of mine even had a massage Hong Kong on their recent vacation and she keeps recommending it to everyone, she really got me thinking, you know?

lennn |

Q&A: Are acupuncture and massage safe during pregnancy?

I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, and it is safe to get massage in your 2nd and 3rd trimester if you have been cleared by your doctor (if you have a high risk pregnancy you should obtain written permission from your doc to get any type of bodywork done). It is NOT safe to get a massage during the first 13 weeks because of all of the important things that are developing in your baby. Massage releases toxins from your muscles that are built up in the body into the blood stream, so, because the first trimester is the most important time of development of your baby, it is just better to be safe than sorry. Also, I recommend definitely having a female therapist (because they are naturally more in tune with what a woman's body needs), and also it would be helpful to have a therapist who has been pregnant. She will better understand where you hurt and how to help you. Mdhizar, I can't believe your therapist laid you on your back AND especially can't believe the therapist laid you flat on your belly ... that is NOT proper protocol and I would honestly notify the massage board about that ... it doesn't matter how far along a pregnant worman is she should NEVER be put directly on her belly ... there are specific body cushions we use for pregnant women.

SMGerhardt |