Restrictions for Massage During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can make a woman’s body feel pretty uncomfortable, sometimes even painful from the extra weight and swelling. Massage is typically safe during pregnancy, but there are a few conditions where a massage during pregnancy is not recommended. Massage will be postponed if a woman is experiencing signs of a miscarriage or if the pregnancy is considered high risk. Signs of a miscarriage can involve pain in the lower back, abdomen and pelvic area and/or cramping and/or vaginal bleeding. Conditions of a high risk pregnancy include but are not limited to: hypertension, history of three or more miscarriages, history of preterm labor or delivery, maternal age of under 15 or over thirty-five, and when prenatal tests indicate fetal abnormalities.

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