As with other spa treatments, the short answer is that you absolutely can have massages during pregnancy. However, there are certain adaptations that need to be considered for the safety and comfort of you and your baby.
In many ways, the reasons for adaptation are the same as all other treatments. Some products are not considered safe during pregnancy, some have not been tested, and some movements or positions are not going to be comfortable or safe either. For example, certain pressure points are believed to bring on labour, and a lot of massage will use pressure points, especially on the scalp and soles of your feet, which are very active in pregnancy. They are not necessarily avoided, but need particular care and therapist training. If you are going to a spa that specialises in maternity spa treatments, then they will be able to offer a wider range of prenatal massages or adapted massages than other destinations.
All of this said, one of the reasons for opting for a dedicated prenatal massage during pregnancy, is that not only is it specifically designed for your comfort and safety, but they’re also designed to address the specific aspects of pregnancy that you might not be finding comfortable, such as an aching back or swollen legs and feet.
For example, at COMO Metropolitan London, they use pregnancy support cushions during prenatal therapies, that are specifically designed to add extra support for you and your bump so that you’re comfortable during your treatment. Equally, many mums-to-be swear by aromatherapy massages to help ease pregnancy symptoms. You just have to be careful to make sure that the oils used are considered safe for pregnancy. In general, tangerine, chamomile and peppermint are understood to be safe. Always speak to your therapist before your treatment to make sure they know that you are pregnant, or if you are unsure in any way then speak to your doctor for advice in advance.View our mum-to-be spa experiences