For the Love of Pregnancy Massage
Do you know what one of the worst parts about pregnancy is?
The fact that you can’t lay on your stomach.
If you are a stomach sleeper like me, the last few months of pregnancy, when all you want to do is flop down on your stomach and sleep for a thousand years, are excruciating. The combination of extreme fatigue, coupled with pain everywhere in your body makes a mockery out of the comfy bed you used to be able to inhabit.
During my pregnancies, I longed for rest and relaxation and something to ease the aching agony of sciatic nerve pain.
Enter pregnancy massage.
My mom dragged me to my first pregnancy massage while I was planning my wedding (yes, a whole different story, I was pregnant when I got married, ok? Don't judge – or do, but keep your judgements to yourself.). I had never gotten a massage before and I was a little nervous about having a stranger touch me all over my body. Also, what was I supposed to wear? Should I be naked? Keep my undies on? What about my bra? But the second I walked into the massage room, all of my fears fell away, because I had eyes for only one thing:
Like a shining beacon of light in the middle of the room, the massage table, adorned with a giant pregnancy pillow—complete with a cut-out for my burgeoning belly.
Do you know what that meant?
I got to lay on my stomach.
And it was good.
Since that first blissful experience, I’ve gone for pregnancy massages at every chance I could, enjoying the relief off of my back as I rested my belly in the massage table pillow and easing my aches and pains. If your budget allows it, I highly recommend that you consider splurging for a pregnancy massage. Here are some considerations:
- Check with your insurance company if chiropractic visits are covered—many times chiropractic offices will offer massage therapy and bill your visit as a chiropractic visit so your insurance will cover it. Score!
- Ensure that your massage therapist is a licensed health professional and aware of the trigger points on a woman’s body that can induce labor (around the heel and hand).
- On the flip side, if you are over 39 weeks and have your doctor’s approval, visit the massage therapist to try to get labor started! I never had any luck with this, but tried it every time just as an excuse to get a massage. Can you blame a girl?
- If you’re watching your budget, check out massage therapy schools, where you might be able to score a low-cost massage from a student massage therapist. Or, ask for a discounted price for just a shoulder massage so you can avoid the belly drama.
- Ask your partner to help the baby with a massage. Relaxed mom = happy baby. Try a side-lying position on your bed or sit in a comfy chair for a good foot massage.
Did you receive a massage during any of your pregnancies or do you plan to try and get one?
Photo credit: Flickr/Witches Fall Cottages