While a foot massage sounds tempting, you might wonder if it’s safe during pregnancy. Fortunately, as long as you avoid specific areas on the foot and ankle that may trigger uterine contractions and cervical ripening, you can enjoy the soothing foot massage you’re already dreaming about.
Where should you not get a massage when pregnant?
Answer: Every woman is different, and so is how their body reacts to massage during pregnancy. If your body is particularly sensitive and can be easily stimulated, you should avoid massaging pressure points like 3 fingers above your ankles and the area between your thumb and forefinger.
Can a foot massage put you into early labor?
Perhaps one of the worst prenatal massage myths is that massaging the ankles could cause a woman to miscarry or go into labor prematurely, and they should be avoided. There is no evidence or plausible mechanism to support this claim and perpetuation of this misinformation could potentially cause harm.
Can I massage my legs during pregnancy?
To be safe, pregnancy massage experts avoid deep massage and strong pressure on the legs. Using strong pressure could dislodge a blood clot. Instead, they use very light, slow strokes on the legs.
Can my husband massage my back while pregnant?
Is it safe to get a massage while pregnant? The short answer: Yes, it’s most likely safe. Of course, let your doctor know that you’re thinking of getting a massage, either from your partner or a professional, before you go ahead and get one. But in general, massage is considered safe after the first trimester.
What part of the foot can induce labor?
The Kunlun point is located on the foot, in the depression between the ankle and the Achilles tendon. It’s used to promote labor, ease labor pain, and reduce obstruction.
Can you massage pregnant belly?
You can massage your own bump, or your partner can massage your bump for you. There’s no evidence that it can cause any harm as long as you use soft, gentle movements. Even so, you may want to avoid it for the first three months, just to be on the safe side.