Pregnancy is a beautiful period for any woman wanting a child. The pregnancy period is, however, full of challenges.
Your body undergoes many changes, and a massage is always a welcome way to relax.
A prenatal massage works well to reduce back and joint pain, edema, muscle pain, and stress. It improves circulation, oxygenation of muscles and soft tissues, and induces better sleep.
Massage Chairs During Pregnancy
These days you have the option of buying a massage chair and having a massage in the comfort of your own home.
But good massage chairs do not come cheap, but the more important question is: Is using a massage chair during pregnancy safe?
The benefits of a massage chair during pregnancy are the same as traditional massages by improving blood circulation in your upper body, e.g.:
Why You Should Take Care While Using a Massage Chair
Chair massages are relatively safe but should be used with caution during certain stages in your pregnancy. Some of the reasons why massage is considered unsafe during pregnancy are:
- The massage chair heating pad increases your body temperature, which can spike your baby’s heart rate, possibly leading to cardiovascular problems.
- Massaging particular pressure points can lead to pre-term labor, and a massage chair may stimulate these pressure points
What to Keep in Mind...
Before rushing to use a massage chair while pregnant, you must do due diligence. Here are a few things that might be useful before you start using a massage chair:
- Avoid using a massage chair in your first trimester as the vibrations might trigger preterm labor. Miscarriages are known to be high during the first trimester.
- Avoid using a massage chair if you have a history of preeclampsia, pre-term labor, headaches, or your pregnancy is considered high risk