Swedish Massage during Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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Many pregnant women have wondered whether or not they should enjoy Swedish massages during their pregnancy. This blog post will discuss the benefits and risks of a Swedish massage during pregnancy, as well as any alternatives that may be safer. We discuss if it is safe to engage in a Swedish massage while you are pregnant, and what the benefits might be for both mother and child.

What is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage is a form of therapeutic bodywork developed in 18th century Sweden. It’s also called “classic” or “general” massage and there are five basic strokes that involve long, flowing movements to help relieve tension on the muscles. This widely popular form of massage can be done on a person’s full body or just the neck, shoulders and back.

A Swedish massage is a form of therapeutic bodywork developed in 18th century Sweden. It’s also called “classic” or “general” massage and there are five basic strokes that involve long, flowing movements to help relieve tension on the muscles. This widely popular form of massage can be done on a person’s full body or just the neck, shoulders and back.

Is a Swedish massage safe?

The answer really depends on who provides it! If given by an experienced, qualified therapist then yes – research indicates that it is generally considered safe for pregnant women

It is generally safe, as long as the practitioner has gone through extensive training and certification. Reputable practitioners will typically have a certificate from one of these two organizations: The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) or the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). It can also be done in pregnancy with precautions to avoid pressure on your uterus. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider before engaging in any type of massage therapy during gestation so they can weigh the risks and benefits for you.

Pregnancy and Swedish massage

Is Swedish Massage Safe to Engage in during Pregnancy?

It is generally considered safe for pregnant women. It can also be done in pregnancy with precautions to avoid pressure on your uterus. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider before engaging in any type of massage therapy during gestation so they can weigh the risks and benefits for you.

What Are The Benefits And Risks Of A Swedish Massage During Pregnancy?

There are no known risks associated with a Swedish massage, but if performed improperly it could cause harm or injury due to its deep tissue nature. There have been some reported cases linking an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, or infection following a session; however, this is really really rare.

What other massage styles can benefit?

There are a few other types of massage that can be done during the prenatal period:

Aromatherapy Massage – good for reducing stress, boosting mood and energy. It’s also calming to pregnant women who have anxiety or trouble sleeping. A lot of people find it helps them cope with morning sickness as well; however, this is not recommended if you’re hypersensitive to scents and/or your doctor has advised against fragrance use while pregnant. Some oils may cause sensitization in utero so consult with your care provider before choosing one;

Pregnancy Massage – these sessions will vary depending on what stage of gestation you’re at (40 weeks), but they usually focus on easing aches due to weight gain and strain on the body

Summary

There are still many benefits of having a massage during pregnancy for example a Swedish massage but this has to be done by a trained professional at all times. It’s also best to speak with your doctor.