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Am I allowed to get a full body massage at 37 weeks pregnant?

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amylynn4919

Asked by amylynn4919 at 6:45 PM on May. 30, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Certainly! Just ensure that the massage therapist knows how to do prenatal massages. You'll either lie on your side for it, or they'll have a special table with a cut out for your belly. My massage therapist prefers to just do it on the side because she feels it's safer and more comfortable for the mother.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:48 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • Have you ever gotten in a pool of water being this prego? It wasnt better then a massage, but I had zero gravity. It was such a relief!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:49 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • yes of course, but ask the therapist to avoid the ankles. There supposedly is a pressure point above the ankles that can begin labor. I was going to have my friend come over and work on the ankles as I got closer, but I ended up having her early due to complications.
    musichollie

    Answer by musichollie at 6:54 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • I had to get a note from my doctor or the spa wouldn't do it. The one I went to won't do them in the last trimester because there is (supposedly) a risk that you could go into labor. I was right at the beginning of my 3rd trimester so they agreed with the doctor's note.

    maxswolfsuit

    Answer by maxswolfsuit at 7:01 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • SURE! I treated myself to several maternity massages during my pregnancy....most places have these now--fab!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:13 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • Maxswolfsuit, that's probably because it was a spa instead of a massage therapist. They really aren't trained like a real therapist is, so a lot more can go wrong.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:19 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • How can you lay on your stomach? Doesn't that squish the baby?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:28 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • All the massage therapists there are licensed massage therapists and the one I went to was specially trained in prenatal massage. They are just very cautious.

    maxswolfsuit

    Answer by maxswolfsuit at 7:34 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • I would definitely look for one trained in prenatal massage - they should not massage your ankles, feet, or the webbing between your thumb and pointer finger (which can cause contractions)
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 7:37 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • With both of my pregnancies I had a pre-natal massage around 36 weeks. It was the best! I went to a different place each time, but they both had me on my side. It was so relaxing I almost went to sleep except for the baby kicking my ribs the entire time. LOL
    Journey311

    Answer by Journey311 at 8:44 PM on May. 30, 2010

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