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When people give you advice, they normally only want what’s best for you. They mean well and they certainly do not wish any harm upon you. The elder folks, especially, hold on to various beliefs and ‘rules’ that the younger generation does not necessarily agree with. Ironically, these preventions can hinder you from getting what’s good for you.
On that note, here are completely false myths that should not be holding you back from treating yourself to the health benefits of a prenatal massage!
But if you really look into it, the accusations are pretty much baseless? The truth is, a prenatal massage is as safe as any non-strenuous activity can be. If you have certain worries or you have certain conditions, do get an ‘okay’ from your doctor first before proceeding. Most of these worries come from uncertain hundred years old hearsay.
Still, you need to be well informed of this massage technique before you make your first appointment, and it begins by getting the ‘okay’ from your doctor before you reach out to a massage therapist. Read on for everything you need to know about prenatal massage and specific steps on how to make sure you choose the right professional for the job.
Prenatal massage can induce labour
The reality is, if you wish to induce labour naturally, you could opt for a labour massage. The pregnancy massage, while often closely associated with labour, will not get you into labour. That said, it is important to ensure that your massage therapist is one that is certified to perform pregnancy massages. Even if your regular massage therapist is skilled enough, they may not be as well-informed about the proper techniques and body parts involved in prenatal massage.
This misconception stems from the belief that our body has certain pressure points in which, if triggered, can affect the body’s overall well-being. Many moms are afraid that the massage therapist would trigger these points and would induce labour for them. This is mainly untrue because there is no scientific evidence showing that those pressure points can be stimulated to get you into delivery. They may consist of body parts where your sensitivity is higher, but the
Prenatal massage is painful
No, a massage is supposed to pamper you and make you feel relaxed and not the opposite. It will not make you scream in agony. Regardless, you may feel a bit of pressure on some body parts. If you have been straining your neck, it would take more work to relax the tense muscles there. Likewise, if you are standing a lot when your baby bump is already heavy, your legs may require more attention.
Of course, if you have a low tolerance towards pain, it may not be as gentle as you would like to be, considering your body has been compromised a lot throughout your pregnancy. This is one of the reasons why you should always communicate your feelings to your masseuse. If you feel like the pressure is too much, let your massage therapist know and ask them to do it gently. Often times, your therapist would be more than happy to hear your comment so they can adjust their techniques accordingly.
Prenatal massage can cause miscarriage
This huge accusation is a rather unpopular myth that has been long debunked, but it is also one that still scares many moms away. This massage cannot cause miscarriage, but massage therapist will normally reject cases of first-trimester mom to avoid complications. The truth is, almost all expectant moms in their first trimester face higher risks of experiencing a miscarriage. That is simply how it is.
During the first trimester, there can be many reasons for miscarriage, but it is often not because of something you do or do not do. This is why there are many cases where the pregnant mom miscarries before they realise they are pregnant. Due to this, many massage therapists request for a doctor’s letter from moms who are still in first trimester due to the fear of being accused for causing any complications.
Prenatal massage can suffocate your baby
The baby is pretty much ‘swimming’ and ‘floating’ inside your womb, so their physical state can adjust well to how your body is resting. The important thing is, this massage will not require you, at any time, to lie on your belly. You will mostly be lying on your side while your body’s discomforts are being massaged away.
Hence, do not worry about this thing. You can always ask your massage therapist about these things before engaging their service. This possibly comes from the notion that massage can rotate your baby’s position.
In actuality, it is outside the scope of a massage therapist to try and rotate a baby that is breech. But this also works in reverse, you don’t need to worry about your masseuse turning your baby the wrong way either. If your baby is breech, there are specialists that you can look into to help you turn your baby but it should always be done with doctors advise and consent.
Prenatal massage does not have any effect
This is untrue in so many ways. The effects extend to the point it can significantly boost your mood afterwards. It relaxes your muscles, which is extremely important during pregnancy. If you have to stand a lot or you often walk everywhere, a good leg massage can instantly make your feet feel lighter. You would then have a much easier time walking.
While they are not harming anyone firsthand, these sorts of myths or misconceptions have held back many moms from treating themselves to a good massage. In a way, it can prevent you from feeling and getting better. You do not have to endure months of backaches simply because of these misconceptions. Of course, whatever worries you have, they are justified. Feel free to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about the benefits of getting a massage while pregnant.
So, is it OK to get a massage when pregnant? Yes, of course! You just have to keep in mind of your body’s condition and find a skilled prenatal massage therapist. So go on and call up your masseuse right now. If you have any questions, you may ask them or their agency right away so you won’t have any concerns lingering in your head.