Pampering Your Baby Bump: What You Need To Know About Prenatal Massage

Massage Therapy Positioning Guidelines

First Trimester (Week 1-12)

Side-lying (Laying on your left or right side), Semi-reclining (Upper body is slightly elevated), or sitting in a chair depending on client's comfort.

Second Trimester (Week 13-27)

Prone position (laying on your stomach) is not recommended, even with a specialized equipment such as "cut-out" tables or cushions. Some massage therapy tables may have a cut out for the breasts and baby bump, but after the second trimester, it is best to avoid this position. Supine (laying on your back)-- use pillow under right lower torso, up to week 22. After week 22, supine is not recommended; use semi-reclining or side-lying positions only to prevent supine hypotensive syndrome (obstruction of the inferior vena cava). Chair massage is also okay.

Third Trimester (Week 28-Birth)

Side-lying and semi-reclining positions only. Chair massage is also okay.

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

  • Reduces stress, promotes relaxation, facilitates transitions through emotional support and physical touch

  • Reduces edema (swelling) and lowers blood pressure, relieves pain associated with varicose veins, and promotes/increases blood and lymph circulation

  • Encourages hormonal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, and other physiological processes during pregnancy

  • Reduces musculoskeletal strain, stiffness, and pain

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion to assist with childbirth

  • Promotes better quality sleep

Always coordinate care and communicate with your prenatal health care provider if you are experiencing a high risk pregnancy to ensure that massage can benefit mother and baby before receiving a massage therapy session.


Based on the Ayurvedic concept that a healthy lifestyle involves the mind, body & spirit being connected, Gypsy Soul Holistic Healing, LLC also believes that the mind & body are connected in unique ways that can benefit from the art of massage. Offering a full array of massage options, Gypsy Soul Holistic Healing can help wipe away the stresses of the day, help strengthen your mind-body-soul connection & give you a positive & refreshed outlook to conquer all of life’s moments.  

A relaxing massage will leave you feeling rejuvenated & ready to face life’s ongoing challenges.

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