Pregnancy Massage contraindications

Specific contraindications for prenatal massage

Massage, by a qualified therapist, is usually perfectly safe when you are pregnant.  However, there are some medical conditions that may affect whether you can have a treatment. These are called contraindications.  Some are absolute, meaning that you should not have a massage at all.  Others may limit the treatment you can have or require approval from your doctor. This page gives you information about pregnancy massage contraindications.

You should avoid massage if you are diagnosed with, or have a history of, high risk pregnancy, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism unless massage is specified by your doctor.

Pregnancy can induce certain conditions such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and hypertension. In these cases, you should consult your doctor before having a massage.

Massage is historically contraindicated during the first three months, as this is when the majority of miscarriages occur. While there is no evidence linking massage to miscarriage, this is a time when your body is still adjusting, so it may be beneficial to avoid treatments in this period.

Massage is contraindicated for pregnant women who are experiencing cramping, bleeding or abdominal or pelvic pain.

Carrying more than one child increases the stress on your body, so get approval from your doctor before booking a massage.

Pre-existing conditions such as asthma, hypertension, cancer and heart, kidney, lung or liver disease may also contraindicate massage and require medical approval.

You should not book a massage if you are suffering from any infections, skin irritations, sickness or diarrhoea, or any heavy vaginal discharge.

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