Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful wonders of life…and the most painful. Anyone facing pregnancy knows that it’s a sacrifice incomparable to anything else. The stress it takes on the body is tremendous, and self-care is incredibly difficult. One of the most common effects of pregnancy is back pain, especially in the lower back, and expecting mothers may consider a massage to help with the pain and stress.
A massage is not a bad idea. Studies have shown that prenatal massages are safe and beneficial, as long as the massage therapist knows what they’re doing. When looking for a prenatal massage, finding the right therapist becomes much more important than usual, because you want the toxins to flow out of your body properly and to not affect the baby.
Talk to Your Doctor
Whenever you have a medical concern, please consult your doctor. Our massage therapists are masters at what they do, but that does not include clinical medicinal practice, especially when it comes to pregnancy. Be sure to talk to your doctor about everything regarding your pregnancy and share your concerns about any pain, stress, or fatigue you are feeling. And then ask if massage therapy will help. Your doctor knows what’s best for you and will recommend a proper solution.
Is your Massage Therapist Certified?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the massage therapist. Be sure to ask for credentials and experience with prenatal massage and look for any reviews from other pregnant women who have gone through his practice. The research will verify that this massage therapist can do the job and relieve any anxiety about the appointment.
Ask About Essential Oils
Remember that massage therapists use a variety of essential oils in their practice. Ask your doctor about essential oils and if any ingredients can potentially harm you or the baby. A certified massage therapist should know which essential oils are safe and which are not, but it doesn’t hurt to double check.
Pregnancy stresses the body to incomprehensible levels. You don’t have to sit there and accept the pain. Talk to your doctor, and ask about a prenatal massage. Then book an appointment with us at Medical Massage Specialties, and we can make your pregnancy at least a little bit easier.