Facts vs. Myths About Prenatal Massage

Feb 02, 2024
Facts vs. Myths About Prenatal Massage

Facts vs. Myths About Prenatal Massage

A prenatal massage is created with pregnant women in mind. It’s gentle, safe, and can reduce some of the chronic discomforts of pregnancy. 

Compared to other massage therapies, prenatal massage uses lighter pressure and gentler techniques. Still, you should always consult your obstetrician before taking part in new activities or therapies while you’re pregnant. If they clear you for prenatal massage, you’re in excellent hands at ChiroCare Therapy in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. 

Steven Gentry, DC, and Jeffrey Oppenheimer, MD, tailor your prenatal massage to reduce discomfort and promote relaxation. Despite its benefits for expectant mothers and their babies, there are, unfortunately, lots of myths about prenatal massage. If you’re considering prenatal massage during your pregnancy, read our brief guide to separate the myths from the facts. 

Debunking the myths about prenatal massage

Myths about prenatal massage therapy keep many prospective clients away from getting massages, therefore preventing them from experiencing the benefits. Here are a few myths you might’ve heard about the service: 

You can only get a prenatal massage during certain periods of your pregnancy

One common myth about prenatal massage is that there’s a specific time during pregnancy you should do it. Unless you have certain medical conditions, it’s safe for you to get a prenatal massage at any point during your pregnancy. 

Prenatal massage can cause a miscarriage

Perhaps the most impactful myth about prenatal massage is the belief it can cause miscarriage. While a miscarriage can have many causes, there is no evidence prenatal massage is one of them. 

Foot and ankle massages can lead to preterm labor

There is no evidence that massaging your feet and ankles affects labor or childbirth. Whether it’s a licensed massage therapist rubbing your feet or a loved one, the experience will not affect your pregnancy outcome. 

Exploring the benefits of prenatal massage

In truth, prenatal massage offers benefits not only for you but for your baby, too. There are many reasons to consider getting a prenatal massage while pregnant. 

Some benefits of prenatal massage, including improved labor outcomes, can be attributed to increased oxytocin. When you get prenatal massages, your body produces more of the hormone oxytocin. Involved in labor and delivery, oxytocin is also a powerful component in infant bonding, romantic connection, and trust.

Other benefits of prenatal massage include:

  • Reduced swelling and edema
  • Improved nerve pain, including sciatica
  • Better sleep
  • Improved circulation
  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Hormone regulation

Regular prenatal massages while pregnant may also lead to better newborn health and a lower overall risk of birth complications like low birth weight. 

To talk to our experts about prenatal massages during your pregnancy, request an appointment online or over the phone at ChiroCare Therapy today.