What are your thoughts on Pre/Post Natal Massage?
Tara - posted on 04/18/2011
Wonderful stuff :D My sister is a licensed massage therapist and she suggested I get pre-natal massage because I had horrible sciatica with referred hip and leg pain. Helped me loads. I also had a post-natal massage after having both my girls (probably about 2-3 weeks after the births) and it helped tremendously with the various remaining aches/pains I had at that point. The only thing I would say is make sure you go to someone who has had proper training and is a licensed and registered therapist.
Tinker1987 - posted on 04/18/2011
when i was 39 weeks pregnant i was told by my dr i was no where near labor and to plan a induction date. i did not want to be induced so i got determined and started doing a few things, i had a prenatal massage on november 23rd and it hurt a bit at first but it felt good.then the next day i had my dr appoitment and i was complaining of back pain and some mild cramping.he brushed it off as im probly just in pain from the massage.but really i was in labor. so it felt nice plus i believe it braught on my labor i had my baby the day before he was due :)
Carolyn - posted on 04/18/2011
i had one.
In addition to ankles, there is also a spot in the lower back that can apparently cause contractions aswell. Atleast thats what the massage therapist told me @ 37 weeks.
it was glorious.
I also had my husband and my mother massage my lower back through contractions during labour. I had back labour and it really helped with the pain of the contractions. but they were only allowed to rub where and when i said LOL. there was alot of " k now rub rub harder harder ! okay stop, i said stop !" bahahaha but it was great.
Jessica - posted on 04/18/2011
I had a massage the day I was due with my first daughter, and later that day I went into labour. The massage was fantastic and it really helped with my various aches and pains (hips, back etc.) I agree with making sure it's a registered massage therapist who knows pre-natal massage though. I'm preggers again and I had one early on (3 or 4 months) and it was great too. I've only got 2 weeks to go til I pop with this baby, and I'm thinking about either having one soon, or waiting til post-partum and trying one then. But I think getting a massage during pregnancy is a great thing...makes you feel great, at least for a while! :)
My ex husband is a licensed massage therapist. He and I remained friends after our divorce and when I met my boyfriend (now husband) and became pregnant, my ex gave me pre and post natal massages. The only thing I recommend for you to be sure of is to go to someone licensed and to make sure they basically stay away from your ankles while you're pregnant. There is a spot on your ankles that can actually cause contractions. I also (if I remember correctly) think there is a spot near the big toe on the bottom of your foot that is a no-no during pregnancy. A licensed professional will know what spots to avoid. But the actual massages themselves? HEAVEN!
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