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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?

As a massage therapist and pregnant with my second child, I highly recommend getting a massage as often as you can once you begin the second trimester. I personally got a massage 1x/per week until I delivered and it did wonders for pain management and is completely safe as long as you are healthy yourself. It does a good job at keeping blood pressure low, and for me, I didn't start waking in the night to use the bathroom until I was over 8 months pregnant. The body responds very well to massage and can reduce swelling in the lower body. However in my experience its better to go to a massage therapist who has had specific training in pregnancy massage because they will be better trained on what to do and position you in the most comfortable positions for the massage; especially as the belly gets larger. I personally got some of the best sleep on the massage table.

icesmooth |

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

My massage therapist has told me that massages are safe throughout pregnancy, but in the first trimester she avoids certain areas, especially the lower back, as pressure in this area can cause a MC

abdearling |

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

I just had a prenatal massage yesterday and i would highly recommend it!! I mostly stayed on my side, but she also had a table that could be angled up, so she also worked on my neck and head with me somewhat propped up. I felt so relaxed and comfortable- my plan is to go every month throughout the remainder of my pregnancy!! :-)

doremi29 |

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

I just got a prenatal massage last week...IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!! I would almost recommend it...

maydlec |

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

As a massage therapist, I too tell my clients to wait until after the 1st trimester. Our bodies are getting used to being carriers for these little beings so waiting a few weeks to get a massage will not kill us....it'll only make your 1st prenatal massage better!!!!  Pregnancy Ticker

sltodd23 |

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

As a massage therapist practicing prenatal massage for 15 years, I have never heard of avoiding massage for the first trimester. I think that thisfear may be due to therapists being worried about litigation in case there is a miscarriage. There are pressure points and areas to avoid putting heavy pressure on, but massage as a whole is safe.

hckygrl909 |

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

I am a Registered Massage Therapist who specializes in Prenatal & Postnatal Massage. It is safe during all stages of pregnancy if precautions are taken. During the first trimester I avoid the lower back & the glutes b/c it can interfere with implantation. Also there are certain areas that are reflex to the uterus & so avoid those b/c uterine stimulation can lead to contractions. (Unless my patient is past 40 weeks & asks for it). Obviously positioning has to change as the pregnancy goes on. People often ask if I have a table with a hole in it for them to lay on their pregnant stomach. I most definitely do not as these tables put more strain on the lower back & ribs so are counterproductive to what we're trying to achieve. Prenatal massage not only helps with the aches & pains that come with your changing body but can also help increase the amount of nutrients absorbed through the placenta, increase restful sleep, decrease swelling as well as all of the benefits that come along with a regular massage.

fradal |

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

I too, am a massage therapist, and and certified in Prenatal Massage. We were taught that massage in the first trimester is NOT a contraindication, and can still be done, but with light pressure (esp. in the appropriate acupressure zones). I do require a Dr's . note though, if they are above the age of 35, under the age of 20, are an Rh Negative, have had a history of miscarriages in the past, and a few other basic contraindications. Just MAKE SURE YOUR THERAPIST is trained in Prenatal Massage, and you'll be fine.

SoonToBeHappyMother |

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

I saw this message and wanted to share my story. My husband and I had trouble conceiving, after a year and a half a friend recommended an acupuncturist that specialized in women’s health. She was very nice and very informative. I began to see her in April ’10. Two weeks after my first appt I started to see changes (I started my period on my own which I hadn’t done in months!) Things were a little rocky not sure what my body was doing but in July ’10 (only 3.5 months later) I took a pregnancy test and it was positive. It was amazing at what the acupuncture can do! I did see my acupuncturist during my first trimester because she could actually help lessen the chance of a miscarriage. I think it is worth looking into!

TrishaCunningham |

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

I just found out I'm pregnant so I'm 4 weeks is it safe to have a massage this early on?

karalee9 |

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

Yes massage is safe through out your entire pregnancy. Just make sure your massage therapist is trained and licensed.

heidiandrews2011 |

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

Massage is safe throughout if you are low-risk. Check with your massage therapist and see if they have a pregnancy pillow, basically a pillow that you lay on top of face down, and there is are holes in it specifically designed to hold your pregnant belly. It's ultra-comfortable. I would also recommend seeing a physical therapist who can do manual deep tissue massage to relieve any tension/soreness in legs, hips, back if you have them. Check out my blog: http://pcjz.blogspot.com

ecalpon1 |

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

I am a massage therapist. We are thinking about trying to have another baby is it safe to still practice massage and what do I need to watch out for?

ccoop19 |

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

I am almost 5 weeks. I have been having regular massages for facial pain and neck pain for over a year. So when I heard that woman can not have massages during the first trimester I was DEVASTATED!! Then I called my massage therapist and she said that it was completely fine, as long she stayed away from the pelvis and no deep tissue. It would be more focused on relaxation. Then I still felt the urge to call and ask my doctor too. So I did and they said GO FOR IT!!! They actually said that it would be beneficial in my relaxing and helping stay healthy for my entire pregnancy, as long was my massage therapist is trained...she is...in prenatal massage. I was also told to make sure I drink LOTS of water before and after, I always do anyways. So I have my regular appointment tomorrow...CANT WAIT! If you have ANY fear at all, talk to BOTH your OB and your Massage Therapist.

tlcsharp |

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

Better consult your doctor on this one before adding to your treatment plan this kind of method. I would, on the other hand, go for alternative methods like meditation or aromatherapy or similar stuff. I tried to meditate once but it didn`t work. I assume it is better when you try it with proper guidance.

conquerer |