Pregnant women should take extra care when it comes to massage therapy. Massage during pregnancy can be beneficial, but there are certain techniques and pressure points that should be avoided. Experts recommend avoiding pressure points associated with the pelvis, wrists, hands and ankles. Deep tissue massage and strong pressure on the legs should also be avoided due to the risk of blood clots.
It's also important to avoid massaging the tummy area, as this can make a pregnant woman feel uncomfortable. Two points on the hands, Hegu (Union Valley or LI4) and the wrist, should not be touched during a massage or acupressure session. Massage therapists may not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy due to the higher risk of spontaneous abortion in the first trimester. The best position for a pregnant woman during a massage is to lie on her side, as tables that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit may still apply pressure to the abdomen or allow it to hang.
Foot massages are generally safe, but it's important to look for someone with experience in prenatal massages. Women can start massage therapy at any time during pregnancy, but it's important to check with your doctor first if you have any health conditions or complications. Massage therapy involves the circulatory system, which can alter blood flow in the body and potentially affect certain health conditions.