For the Love of Pregnancy Massage

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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

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For the Love of Pregnancy Massage

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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6 comments

  1. tracie says:

    i would love a massage

  2. Julie B says:

    I have been getting prenatal massages for a bit now. My sister-in-law recommended a place by me that has great rates. I started going at the beginning of the second trimester because of that pain in the side from the tendon stretching. It felt great and I recommend getting the massage if you need to relax and pamper yourself.

  3. Kelly says:

    The Christmas before I was due, my husband surprised me with a massage gift card, specifically for pregnant women. It was pretty fantastic! I only wish we could afford it all the time, but maybe that’s what made it that much more awesome.

  4. Lynna says:

    oh man this sounds sooooo amazing, i cannot afford it though!

  5. Marilyn says:

    I would love to get a pregnancy massage! A girl can dream! lol

  6. ErinF says:

    I’m a massage therapist myself and have been so fortunate to have a trading partner who is certified in prenatal massage. I got worked on pretty much weekly in the first and second trimesters (it’s perfectly safe in the first trimester–if a therapist won’t perform them as a butt-covering measure but recognizes its safety, ok, but if they tell you that it may cause miscarriage, find someone better educated). It’s tapered off lately due to us both being busy, but if we can’t trade at least biweekly I go to another therapist. It’s been a total lifesaver. Most therapists I’ve seen use the side-lying position, but one had a prego pillow that allowed me to lie on my stomach, and oh, it was glorious. I want one to sleep on, lol.

    If cost is an issue, some therapists (if self-employed) may be willing to work out a trade for other professional services (personal training, photography, childcare, etc)–not everyone may accept trades, since it can get complicated, but it doesn’t hurt to ask if you really need some relief but don’t have room in the budget!

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