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About Pregnancy Massage

The American Pregnancy Association recommends regular therapeutic massage as part of prenatal care. Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can relieve muscle aches and joint pain, reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression and improve labor outcomes and newborn health, including fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications.


The specific benefits of prenatal massage include:

  • Reduced back pain

  • Reduced joint pain

  • Improved circulation

  • Reduced edema (swelling)

  • Reduced sciatic nerve pain

  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches

  • Reduced stress and anxiety

  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles

  • Positive changes in hormone levels affecting mood

  • Reduced levels of stress hormones

  • Better sleep


Incorporating Massage Into Your Prenatal Care:

Massage therapy incorporated into prenatal care can enhance physical and emotional health and improve pregnancy outcomes. Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. A one-hour massage, twice monthly, is ideal. Start now for a better pregnancy experience!



Women with the following conditions should speak with their health care provider prior to receiving prenatal massage:

  • High risk pregnancy

  • Preeclampsia

  • Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH)

  • Previous pre-term labor

  • Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches

  • Recent birth

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