Jackie’s Prenatal Massage Experience
Guest blogger, Jackie, tells us about her prenatal massage experience. For the expecting moms out there, have you had a prenatal massage? How was your experience like? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
Prenatal Massage Experience, by Jackie
I was not planning on having a prenatal massage during my pregnancy. I had heard horror stories about maybe experiencing discomfort and even some pain. After all, it’s not like you can lie on your belly like you would during a regular massage.
However, a few weeks ago, one of my good friends decided to have a spa day as part of her bachelorette party. Going to a bachelorette party so far along in my pregnancy was also not in my plans, but seeing as how this was a special day for my friend and a rather tame way to bid farewell to single life, and I definitely was not going to be able to partake in the drinking and dancing that would follow the spa day, I was totally going to participate and have a massage myself.
Luckily, the spa that was chosen offered prenatal massages so I had no excuses. And even though I had heard of some bad experiences from other pregnant women, I also read about all the benefits of a prenatal massage. I had also read that some places that specialize in massages for expecting moms even have special beds that allow you to lie on your belly (the beds have a hole in the middle that your belly fits snuggly into). This spa however, although offering prenatal massages, did not specialize in them so the special beds were not available but they made other accommodations to make sure that an expecting mom was completely comfortable during the treatment.
It started off like any other massage, except instead of lying on my tummy, I laid on my back. The masseuse asked the typical questions like if I was comfortable, if I had any allergies and where I felt the most tension. As most of you know, it is very common to suffer from swollen feet and even sciatic pain during pregnancy. The masseuse knows to focus on those areas specifically. She elevated my feet and also put a soft pillow behind my head. For the rest of the treatment, I laid on my right side and then on my left. She made me feel comfortable every step of the way. Aside from placing pillows under my head, she also placed one between my knees to relieve the pressure from my back. For 50 minutes, the masseuse worked her magic. She would periodically check in to make sure that the pressure was okay.
Before I knew it, she was whispering, “Okay, this concludes the massage. How do you feel?” My response: “I feel amazing!” I must say that it was a very enjoyable and relaxing experience. I was so relaxed and I felt very much at ease afterwards. I vowed that I would have at least 2 more massages before giving birth. I would definitely recommend a prenatal massage to pregnant women who want to feel refreshed and rejuvenated during this time where your body is under more stress than normal.