15 precautions and benefits of massage in pregnancy

Massage in pregnancy is beneficial in many ways. It is called prenatal massages. Pregnancy massage has both physical and mental benefits. Massage helps to relax both body and mind of the pregnant woman. While there are many benefits of massage during pregnancy, there are a few little but important precautions to be exercised.

Massage in pregnancy- Is it safe?
Yes, massage in pregnancy is safe, if done with due caution. In some cases, massage in first trimester is not recommended. It is better to consult doctor to get an opinion. Overall, leave a few rare conditions, massage during pregnancy is safe.

When not to massage during pregnancy?

  • There are certain conditions when massage is not recommended. In all those circumstances, avoid prenatal massages.
  • Massage in pregnancy first trimester – In the first three months of pregnancy, usually for any new venture doctor’s consultation is highly recommended. The same thing applies to massage.
  • Some massage techniques such as deep tissue massage is not good. Special care must be taken while massaging abdomen. I would say, just gentle application of oil is more than good for abdomen.

Massage position in pregnancy

The pregnant woman body needs to be positioned very comfortable, taking care not to put pressure on abdomen and chest. Soft pillows and padding are needed.

Benefits of massage in pregnancy:
  • Back massage with particular Ayurvedic oils helps to relieve back pain pregnancy. Mild to moderate pressure can be applied over back..
  • Breast massage helps avoid stretch marks and keeps up the breast tone.
  • Foot massage helps to induce deep relaxation and avoid foot pain.
  • Head massage helps in relaxing mind, relieving anxiety.
  • Body massage helps relaxation and strengthening of muscles, joints and bones. Relieves aches and pains.
  • Calf massage helps to relieve leg cramps.
  • If daily massage is done starting from early days of pregnancy, stretch marks in pregnancy can easily be avoided.
  • with proper Ayurvedic oils, itching sensation and dark skin discoloration can be avoided by massage.


  • Overall, bar a few exceptions, prenatal massages is must have.
  • It is better to consult doctor before going for massage.
  • It is better to get the pregnancy massage from a massage therapist.

Useful info  – Planning for pregnancy

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  1. can i do this at home by myself? i mean applying the oil all over and washing it off after a while? or should i go to a professional?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes it can be done at home. But the choice of herbal oil is very important. Consulting a doctor will be better.


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