How Often Should you Have a Pregnancy Massage?
One of the questions I get asked regularly is how often you should get a massage during pregnancy.
The answer depends on a lot of factors such as time, money etc… But taking all of those out of the equation here are my recommendations.
In my practice, I see my Mum’s to be after her 12th-week scan, so as long as nothing untoward is happening, a massage once every 4 weeks will help to keep everything supple and you relaxed.
Once you reach about week 25/26 the bump will be getting noticeably bigger now, so with changes in centre of gravity, this will put more strain on the lower back, which can cause aching, stiffness and possible sciatic symptoms.
Also, breasts will be getting bigger and heavier which will pull on the muscles in your neck and upper back, so you might be experiencing pain and stiffness both the upper back and neck, which could be triggering headaches if severe.
But for general well-being, here is a list of the when I recommend having a pregnancy massage as a rough guidance only:
- Week 12
- Week 16
- Week 20
- Week 24
- Week 25/26
- Week 30
- Week 35
- Week 36
- Week 37
- Week 38
- Week 39
- Week 40+
Hope this helps, and if you have any other questions about pregnancy or massage, please leave them in the comments below, and I will blog about it.
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