Eileen Monaghan, LMT​

Frequently Asked Questions

Prenatal Massage

Is it safe to receive massage throughout your entire pregnancy?

If you are having a healthy pregnancy and are considered low risk, there is no reason for you couldn’t receive massage regularly. If your doctor considers you high risk, I may take extra steps to ensure your safety. There are several reasons, from mild to severe, that you could be considered high risk. This doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t receive a massage. Talk with your doctor/midwife to see if they have any objections. Massage is generally safe even if you are high risk. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss it further.

Can I lay face down during my pregnancy?

Although lying face down is not the best option during pregnancy, it is possible. During your first trimester, your belly hasn’t grown much but once it has gone past your hip bones, it’s time to start talking about other positions. I do have a bolster that allows you to lie face down during your massage. We can discuss whether this is the right position for you prior to your session.

How often should I get a massage?

It’s best to have your massage follow your most recent doctor’s visit. That way any new issues can be addressed immediately. Once a month for the first and second trimester is a good start. Once you hit the third trimester, you should consider twice a month. The last few weeks of your pregnancy, every week is great to help keep your muscles relaxed, help you get sleep at night and curb your overall discomfort.

Should I ask my doctor if massage is safe?

It is always a great idea to talk with your doctor before starting anything your body isn’t familiar with during your pregnancy. Most OB/GYN doctors are very familiar with the wonderful benefits of massage during pregnancy. Any concerns you have can be addressed.

How is Prenatal massage different from a regular massage?

The biggest difference between a “regular” massage and a prenatal massage is the positions that you are in during your session. You will lie on your side majority of the time. If you are less than 22 weeks, you can also lie on your back with a wedge under your right hip to help keep the baby off of your large blood vessels. After 22 weeks, I may use a triangle wedge under your back to keep you elevated while you lie face up and we will have pillows under your legs to keep them elevated. Your body is also going through something it may not have gone through before. There will be new issues that you are dealing with that you wouldn’t if you weren’t pregnant. The intake looks slightly different but helps me know how your body is handling your pregnancy.