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Karen78 May 14th, 2013 07:00 AM

Pregnancy massages
 
How late can we get these? Is there even a cutoff? I have a gift certificate to a spa that I want to use, but wasn't sure if it's unsafe to get them within a month of your due date. I can always get a pedicure and something else, but I REALLY could use a massage!

crawmommy May 14th, 2013 07:04 AM

Re: Pregnancy massages
 
Good question...bc I really want one too!

MarylandMama May 14th, 2013 07:12 AM

Re: Pregnancy massages
 
As long as you're getting an actual prenatal massage (one designed for mommies to be), you should be able to get them at any time. They are designed to avoid areas that could trigger labor. Actually, a pedicure can be riskier since they are not trained to avoid the areas that trigger labor and there is a sensitive one in your ankle they could hit when they do the leg rub. I know a few ladies who get pedicures trying to induce labor at the end. But a prenatal massage should be fine. Enjoy it!

navywifey2003 May 14th, 2013 09:20 AM

Re: Pregnancy massages
 
I agree with Karen. Although at 34 weeks I had a pedi and it didnt start any contractions or anything of that nature.

Kim3 May 14th, 2013 09:57 AM

Re: Pregnancy massages
 
My doc recommended that I have one. I received a GC for Mother's Day and hope to go within the next two weeks.

KellBell2621 May 14th, 2013 10:17 AM

Re: Pregnancy massages
 
i'm not 100% sure. i got a gc over the weekend to a spa and i would love to get a massage. i was thrilled to read that they had prenatal massages but it did say they recommended getting one during your 2nd trimester, and well i'm way beyond that now lol. but it didnt say you couldnt get one done later on. i was thinking of getting a pedicure just in case but i heard the same thing about the pressure point inducing labor. so im not sure what i'll be doing yet either!

MarylandMama May 14th, 2013 10:17 AM

Re: Pregnancy massages
 
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Originally Posted by navywifey2003 (Post 27363188)
I agree with Karen. Although at 34 weeks I had a pedi and it didnt start any contractions or anything of that nature.

Oh, I just had a pedi on Saturday. :) My point was just that a specially designed prenatal massage is very safe. I did pay attention to where the girl rubbed my leg to make sure she didn't rub at my ankle and heel area and she didn't. I think they have to hit the right spot in the right way to even pose a risk, but there is a pressure point there that is one of those midwife tricks to trigger contractions. Just something to be aware of if it's really late in the game. I am certainly not pedi-bashing.

Karen78 May 14th, 2013 10:51 AM

Re: Pregnancy massages
 
Oh yeah I forgot about the pressure points in the foot/ankle. Hmmm....well, I see my OB on Thursday so I'll ask her about those and the massage. My ankles are all broken capillaries and bruised looking, so I'm not sure I want to force someone to touch them anyways! Ha

LisaS May 14th, 2013 11:44 AM

Re: Pregnancy massages
 
My massage therapist knows all the points that can trigger labor, so she just avoids them. Other than that, my massages aren't specifically prenatal. She knows I need deep tissue massage and since it's mostly in my upper back, she just goes for it. I've done this throughout my other pregnancies too and haven't had an issue. She doesn't have the equipment necessary to deal with me laying on my front, so I would bring in my Boppy and use a couple extra pillows to allow for the belly or just lay on my sides the whole time.

navywifey2003 May 14th, 2013 12:08 PM

Re: Pregnancy massages
 
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Originally Posted by MarylandMama (Post 27363332)
Oh, I just had a pedi on Saturday. :) My point was just that a specially designed prenatal massage is very safe. I did pay attention to where the girl rubbed my leg to make sure she didn't rub at my ankle and heel area and she didn't. I think they have to hit the right spot in the right way to even pose a risk, but there is a pressure point there that is one of those midwife tricks to trigger contractions. Just something to be aware of if it's really late in the game. I am certainly not pedi-bashing.

Oh I know. I was just saying my experience. :)

bribugg13 May 14th, 2013 03:40 PM

Re: Pregnancy massages
 
Ditto above, in fact the massage therapists that share the building with my midwives actually offer a labor inducing massage once you're full term! I'm looking forward to that! ha ha And I've never NOT gotten a pedicure, they are a necessity for me, pregnant or not! :D

QueenCrafty May 14th, 2013 04:43 PM

I had a prenatal massage a few weeks ago and it was heavenly! My therapist is trained specifically for prenatal and will adjust pillows so that I am always on my side or she elevates my right side to tilt me towards the left when I am on my back for a few minutes. She also pointed out the pressure points that she would be avoiding because of their association with bringing on labor. I would like to visit her once more before baby because the strain of the belly is doing a number on my back. As for pedicures, I have had some that have really worked my ankles and legs but I usually wait til 38 weeks to have them. I had a pedicure over the weekend. I forgot to mention avoiding the pressure points, but she didn't touch them anyway. The salon had a reflexology chart on their wall that showed the feet and what other parts of the body it corresponded to. I thought that was cool


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