Ask Eva: Prenatal Massage to Induce Labor

Ask Eva, our Zeel National ZMT Manager and licensed massage therapist.

Can a prenatal massage induce labor?

There are several safety protocols for massage while pregnant.  Pregnant women are advised to avoid massage during their first trimester, when the risk of miscarriage is highest. Women with high-risk pregnancies are also advised to avoid massage.

After getting medical approval, massage is not only safe but an effective remedy for the aches and pains of pregnancy in the second and third trimester. Prenatal massage can promote relaxation and reduce stress – good for both mother and baby.

There is anecdotal evidence that in the late stages of pregnancy, certain pressure points on the ankles can induce labor. For this reason, reflexology is not recommended for pregnant women at any stage of their pregnancy.

 

Eva Carey is a licensed massage therapist with 20+ years of experience, as well as Zeel’s New Jersey manager. Have a question for Eva? Contact eva@zeel.com.

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