When you are 7 months pregnant, and you can feel every muscle, joint, and ligament in your body working, the mentioning of a massage sounds like pure bliss. But, you still have one question, is it safe? Having your body go through so many changes in 9 months can have a significant impact on how your body reacts to different stimuli. With physical and hormonal changes occurring, it is entirely natural to wonder if a massage chair is safe to use. Although everybody responds differently to the touch of rollers and airbags, massage chairs are perfectly safe to use during pregnancy.
Even though massage chairs are safe to use, we do not recommend that you use one without consulting your medical professional. In fact, it wouldn’t be uncommon for your ob-gyn to tell you to hold off on using a massage chair or getting a massage altogether during your first trimester. The main reason being, the first trimester is the most vulnerable stage of pregnancy, your chances of a miscarriage or other medical problem arising are the highest at this point. However, once your medical professional gives you the okay, it is perfectly safe to move forward and reap the therapeutic benefits of a massage.
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Still worried? - Don't be
We usually get 1-2 emails from expecting mothers talking about the potential harm of massages. When it comes to getting a massage from a professional, you should do extensive research and make sure your massage therapist is qualified, knows the right techniques, and has experience.
Another topic of fear is the vibrations that run through chairs. Fortunately, research has shown that they are health vibrations and your baby will not feel them. In fact, they actually produce less movement than walking up the stairs or going for a walk.
The final fear we want to talk about is electromagnetic waves. Currently, no supporting research states that any waves, vibrations, or components of massage chairs lead to pregnancy complications.
If you are still not comfortable with massages or massage chairs, then it is best to avoid both. Pregnancy should be a wonderful experience and added stress to that experience will not help anyone.
Pregnancy can be stressful, which is why finding another way to relax your body will make your journey a lot easier. Massage chairs can provide several physical and mental benefits while keeping you and your baby healthy. If you have concerns regarding massage chair operations and benefits, please leave us a question. For any massage related medical questions, we strongly recommend contacting your doctor. We hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy pregnancy!