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What is pregnancy massage?

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Pregnancy massage is a catch-all term for any hands-on massage during or after pregnancy (prenatal or postnatal massage).

A pregnancy massage typically lasts an hour. Some practitioners use a pregnancy massage table. That's a table designed to accommodate a woman's pregnant belly. Others use specially designed pillows called bolsters to position a woman comfortably on her side. This helps especially during the later stages of pregnancy. Lying on your side is often the most comfortable position.

From: Pregnancy Massage WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals: "Pregnancy Massage."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Massage Therapy as CAM."

Ontario Massage Therapist Association: "Massage Therapy: Literature Review on Pregnancy and Massage."

Swedish Medical Center: "Mommy Massage: For a Healthy, Relaxed Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals: "Pregnancy Massage."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Massage Therapy as CAM."

Ontario Massage Therapist Association: "Massage Therapy: Literature Review on Pregnancy and Massage."

Swedish Medical Center: "Mommy Massage: For a Healthy, Relaxed Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 15, 2019

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