At which stage of my pregnancy can I do prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage can be done once you enter 2nd trimester (16 weeks) onwards towards the end of your pregnancy.
I am in my first trimester, can I do prenatal massage?
No. We do not preform prenatal massage during your first trimester.
Which parts of my body will be massaged?
The coverage of prenatal massage will be similar to a regular full body massage, except we do not massage your abdomen areas.
When is it not safe for me to do prenatal massage?
Performing massage during pregnancy is contraindicated for women experiencing any of the following symptoms below:
- Bloody discharge
- Continual abdominal painsS
- Sudden gush or leakage of amniotic fluid
- Sudden, rapid weight gain
- Increased blood pressure
- Severe back pain that does not subside with change in position
- Visual disturbances
- Severe nausea and/or vomiting (cannot keep anything down)
- Severe headaches
- Excessive hunger and thirst
- Excessive swelling in arms or legs
- Decrease in fetal movement over a 24-hour period
- Additional conditions – phlebitis, thrombosis, or suspected clotting conditions, any kidney, liver or spleen compromise or infection.
If you are not sure of your symptoms, you are required to consult your doctor before the massage session. Please note that we have the rights to refuse to perform the massage on you for your safety and your baby’s safety.
I have a normal pregnancy but I have some symptoms that I am not sure if it is safe for me to do prenatal massage. What should I do?
If you have a healthy and normal pregnancy according to your doctor or midwife, it is safe to perform prenatal massage if you wish to achieve any of these benefits below:
- Relieves muscular tension, especially in the lower back, upper back, shoulders and neck
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Cramps of any bodily aches and discomforts
- Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
- Enhances body awareness for better posture and less discomfort
- Assists with body mechanics and movement during structural change
- Preparing for birth process by relaxing muscles involved in labor and birth
- Eases anxiety and stress during time of transition
- Emotional support and nurturance
If you wish to have prenatal massage for any other reasons than the above, please consult your doctor first to check if it is safe for you to have prenatal massage.
I have a high risk pregnancy, is it safe for me to have prenatal massage?
If you have a complicated pregnancy or a high risk pregnancy, you will be required to have a doctor’s release form before we will perform prenatal massage on you.
You will need to sign a consent form before each session to acknowledge that you have given as accurate information, aware of the risk and benefits of massage and decide to have prenatal massage at your own risk.
I have a complicated pregnancy but I am not sure if I fall under high risk pregnancy.
High risk pregnancy includes, but not limited to the list below:
- Early labor, miscarriage threat, placental or cervical dysfunction
- Gestational Edema Proteinuria Hypertension (GEPH)
- Gestational Diabetes
- Pre-existing cardiac, renal, connective tissue or liver disorders/diseases
- Fetal genetic disorders
- Complications in previous pregnancies
- Three or more miscarriages
Any other conditions that is not listed above but as long as you have been informed by your doctor or midwife that you have high risk pregnancy please consult your doctor to obtain a release form before we will be allowed to do any prenatal massage for you. This is for both you and your baby’s safety.
What can I expect during each session?
The duration of the prenatal massage session is for 60mins per session. You are advised to come 10 mins earlier to prepare for your session by going to the bathroom and changing.
Before every session you will discuss with our therapist your concerns and you will be asked to sign a consent form to inform us of your current health condition.
Both the baby’s and your safety is our upmost priority. If for any reason, we feel that it may not be safe for you to have the prenatal massage on that day, we will re-schedule the session, until the issue is resolved or after you have consulted your doctor.
What if I gave birth or miscarried before I complete my sessions?
Any unused session from prenatal massage package will be brought forward to your postnatal package or converted to miscarriage package. If you do not sign up for our postnatal package, it will be converted to a regular full body massage. Note that there are additional transportation fees for any home sessions, and may be subjected to the the Complementary Bag.
Can I shorten my packages?
No refund/ cancellation or shortening of package is permitted for prenatal package. Any unused session from prenatal massage package can be added on to your postnatal package or converted to miscarriage package. If you do not sign up for our postnatal package, it will be converted to a regular full body massage.
Cancellation of scheduled appointment
If you are not able to make a scheduled appointment, you have to cancel the appointment 24 hours in advance. If you miss a scheduled appointment without giving 24 notice, it may be considered as 1 session.