Getting a prenatal massage in your third trimester might be the best time to get one! You are no doubt counting down the time until you are not pregnant anymore (oh right and of course to meet your baby!) The last trimester is where you are just done. Cooked. Had enough. Your feet might be swelling (my legs blew up!) Your back probably aches from all the front weight, which in turn also makes your feet ache from carrying all the extra weight, even if you haven’t gained much, carrying around that belly is no easy task!
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Before you pencil in a relaxing 30 minutes or so, there are some things you want to keep in mind before you make an appointment.
Prenatal Massage in Your Third Trimester: What You NEED to Know
Avoid deep tissue
At least on certain areas of your body. Your legs, for example, could be housing blood clots and if dislodged, well, it isn’t good. Deep tissue (well massage in general really) releases toxins to move out of your body. This is the reason for you to drink plenty of water before and after.
You want to be sure this is ok with your doctor. As long as your pregnancy has been healthy, you should be fine. But get the clearance before scheduling your appointment. Nothing is more disappointing than thinking you are going in for a massage and then your bubble is burst. You want to make sure it’s safe to get a prenatal massage.
Make sure before you go that your massage therapist has everything you need to be comfortable. Chances are yes, but you want to be sure. If they specialize in prenatal massage, then they will and they will also know what parts of your body to avoid massaging in order to not trigger labor (What?! Yes that can happen). They might even have a super special table just for you and you prego belly!
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Are you anxious about giving birth? Having a massage in your third trimester (or anytime really) helps to lower anxiety. It also releases serotonin and dopamine into your system (natural ‘feel good’ chemicals in your body).
Get some zzzzz’s
I don’t mean on the massage table but by all means, take a nap! Getting massaged helps to calm your body down and help you to sleep better. As you probably know, sleep when pregnant is practically non-existent (I liked to think of it as my body’s way of preparing me for when the baby came and sleep was something I used to do).
Getting massaged is wonderful pregnant or not, but something about having such aches and pains from carrying a baby, extra fluid and extra weight is amazing. As long as you are aware of the precautions and your pregnancy is healthy (and you get the ok from the doc) go ahead and get pampered! Once your little bundle of joy makes her grand entrance into the world, who knows when you will get to do this again.