A pregnancy massage - also known as a prenatal massage - is a massage or hands-on treatment done during pregnancy. There are different types of massages which are similar to regular massages but are more concentrated on the well-being of the mother and child. They typically last an hour and can be adapted to each individual depending on the mother's needs. You usually lie on your side but massage therapists can also use a massage table to increase comfort.
It is generally safe to do after the first trimester as long as you inform your doctor and massage therapist of your pregnancy. Some therapists are careful with pressure points and use a range of massage techniques to avoid discomfort and pain.
Receiving a massage during pregnancy can ease pain and reduce anxiety. It can help you cope with contractions by making them feel less intense and more manageable which can reduce labour time. It can also lower the risk of premature birth or low birth weight.