There are many pregnancy massage myths that are spread by massage schools, beauty school, and online forums and sometimes, even by the massage therapists themselves. These myths can cause worry and distrust among many expectant mothers, resulting them in avoiding pregnancy massages while carrying the baby, and even postnatal massages that can be beneficial to them.
So what myths are we talking about? Let’s have a look at them one by one.
1. Pregnancy Massage Leads to Miscarriages
The truth can’t be further away from this. Although miscarriages can be caused by a lot of reasons, know that postpartum massage is not one of them. There are many varied causes of miscarriages, but some common reasons are; maternal age, improper implantation of the fertilised egg, use of drugs, trauma, etc. Remember that by no means does a relaxing and professional massage can ever lead to a miscarriage, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t have a pregnancy or postnatal massage. Most of the times, massage therapists stay away from massaging the pregnant women due to the fear of litigation because they believe that something goes wrong, the therapists will be sued.
2. The Massage Shouldn’t Continue for The Entire Pregnancy
This myth was developed due to the fear of hurting the pregnant lady and the unborn baby. Unless the doctor has informed the pregnant lady to stay away from pregnancy massages, they can still go for massages, but with reduced intensity and try to avoid sensitive areas like the belly and womb.
3. Massaging the Ankles or Feet Can Cause Miscarriages or Induce Labour
This is a potentially harmful myth that often leads pregnant women to believe that they may experience miscarriages or help to induce labour if they went for pregnancy massages. On the contrary, there is no evidence to support this claim and the supposed ‘reflex points’ on the feet does not have any impact on the status of the pregnancy.
Feet massages can actually be beneficial for pregnant mothers as they may experience tired and swollen ankles due to the added weight of the baby. As long as the masseuse is an experienced practitioner and is able to remove the tension in the feet, this type of pregnancy massages is not harmful at all.
4. Clearance Letter from The Doctor Before Treating Pregnant Ladies
If the GP or the GYN has stated that the lady should not have a pregnancy massage as it might compromise the pregnancy, there is often a medical reason behind it; therefore, the therapist may request a clearance letter. Other than this, there is no such requirement of needing a clearance letter from the doctor.
Contraindications for Massage during Pregnancy
If the doctor has asked you to stay away from pregnancy massage, the common reasons are normally;
As the title says, these are only myths, and there is no hard evidence supporting them. So, instead of fretting about whether to get a massage or not, sit back, relax, and call up a professional masseuse for your pregnancy massage.