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When you are pregnant, you can use massage therapy to relax and to help relieve muscle tension and pain. But take the following precautions to help make sure that massage is safe.
Also check that the therapist is certified by your state or by a national group, such as the American Massage Therapy Association. This ensures that your therapist has a certain level of training and follows safe practice guidelines.
As your pregnancy progresses, the best positions are sitting on a chair or stool or lying on your side. (The left side is best later in pregnancy.)
Firm massage of the pregnant belly could cause serious pregnancy problems.
Some essential oils may be unsafe during pregnancy.
Current as of: February 23, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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