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Old 08-15-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
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Is it ok?

I plan to go tomorrow to get a deep tissue massage (man I need it!!). Is it ok to do while pregnant? I'll be in my second trimester tomorrow!
The dayspa I'm going to said that deep tissue massage is fine to do while pregnant, but they wouldn't give me a massage until I was in my second trimester.

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Old 08-15-2008, 10:23 PM   #2
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I had a pregnancy massage when I was in my 2nd trimester last time around and it was heaven! I plan on doing it again this time around too. It really helps loosen up tensed areas, and not to mention pampering yourself! I do remember there are areas theyre supposed to avoid (feet maybe?) b/c it might bring on contractions. I didnt avoid anything in my massage, in fact, hubby had to massage my feet all throughout the pregnancy. You'll have to look it up to be sure then.

But seriously, after my massage it was literally like I was floating on Cloud 9. My body felt SO relaxed and I felt like I was walking around in a dream, not reality. It was weird! But when the feeling went away I was disappointed! I recommend it for any Mama, especially preggo Mamas!!
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I was in massage school all through out my second pregnancy, i seriously conception to 9 months.. I never sat out a day.. Just be sure they stay away from you ankles and your fine.. I honestly would not worry
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The day spa that I went to when I was pregnant with LM didn't do first trimester massages. I asked why not about it one day, and the receptionist told me that the first trimester is a volatile time for moms (we all know that) and not that a massage could trigger a mc, but it is kindof a liability issue. That is why some spas don't do massages in the first trimester.
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Re: Getting professional massages...questions...

i had one right as my 2nd tri started with riley.... it was awesome for the scitic pain!
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Re: Getting professional massages...questions...

I have a gift certificate from a Spa that I was planning on using for their "Expectant Mother's Massage." In order to receive it, though, they say you must bring a doctor's note, and I have wondered why that is.


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I was in massage school all through out my second pregnancy, i seriously conception to 9 months.. I never sat out a day.. Just be sure they stay away from you ankles and your fine.. I honestly would not worry

Just curious, why are the ankles a "no no?"
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It is completely safe HOWEVER, there ARE spot of your feet that should not be touched so early in your pregnancy. A simple foot massage wont throw you into labor or anything but there are reflexology points where labor can be stimulated.

FWIW, I had a massage last week and it SUCKED! The lady kept digging into me. How many times do I have to say "ouch","that's tender" or "can you please do it lighter" ??? I left there feeling like I just got beat up.
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I got massages with my DD2's pregnancy starting at the end of my third trimester. It was LOVELY.

I've gotten three already with this pregnancy at 6 weeks, 13 weeks and 16 weeks. As long as the person who does it is experienced in massage (as in avoiding the trigger points on your ankles and shoulders and others that I can't remember) you should be fine.

I don't know if deep tissue is allowed for pregnancy here. I just get the preggo massage and they focus on the areas giving me pain.
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Just curious, why are the ankles a "no no?"

The ankles and the wrists are a "no no" bc that's where certain pressure points are that relax the uterus!
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The ankles and the wrists are a "no no" bc that's where certain pressure points are that relax the uterus!
Right.. There's even a spot between your thumb and pointer finger that can trigger this as well. It's not something that you can brush over and stimulate labor though. You really to massage these areas in circular motions for like 5 minutes at a time, several times a day.

Still, better safe then sorry!
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