This week I got asked a question that gets posed pretty regularly: I'm pregnant can I get a massage?
The answer is pretty much, yes, but with some caveats.
There are extra considerations to think about for each of the trimesters of pregnancy
Some massage therapists, especially sports massage therapists, won't treat people in the first trimester of pregnancy.
To be clear, there's no medical reason for this - it's based on a concern that the therapist might get blamed for any miscarriage.
Whilst it's not nice to think about the possibility of miscarriage in the early days of pregnancy, it's estimated that around 10-20% of pregnancies miscarry.
So it's understandable that massage therapists are wary of being caught up in blame for something so devastating.
Clinically, though, there is no reason why you shouldn't have a massage during the first trimester of pregnancy.
There are a couple of absolule no-no's, or contraindications:
During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, as the pregnancy becomes more established, the only contraindication concerns positioning of the client - in other words, how you lie on the couch:
The rule is to be guided by comfort. The client can be positioned face up (supine) or side-lying. Shoulder work can obviously also be done seated.
So there's no reason why you can't have a massage, including a deep tissue massage at any stage of your pregnancy, providing the common sense guidance above is followed.