Aftercare advice following a Pregnancy Massage

Hopefully after your massage you will feel more relaxed and this will then transfer through to your baby.


You may experience a slight reaction within the 24 hours after a massage session so I just wanted to point a few things out so you know what to expect (most of these apply whether you are pregnant or not post massage). During the body’s natural healing process after a therapy session (which massage aims to help speed up/stimulate) toxins and waste are released, this can lead to mild symptoms, severe reactions are rare but you may experience:

  • A heightened relaxed state and a deeper sleep – if the baby allows
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urine flow and or bowel movements (try leaning forward whilst you are on the toilet as this then encourages the bladder to empty fully)
  • A slight drop in body temperature or an increase in perspiration
  • Mild headache
  • Cold and Flu symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Increased energy or tiredness & lethargy
  • Any existing condition maybe more symptomatic

The baby may move less after a therapy session as they mother and baby will have been relaxed. This is normal but if you do not get the usual movements back within 24 hours this will be nothing to do with the massage and you should contact your midwife. The baby may also move more due to the increased blood flow and nutrients, but they should settle after the massage.

You can help your body’s natural healing process and ease any symptoms by trying to follow the below suggestions:

  • Drink plenty of still water
  • Avoid toxins like alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and drugs
  • Eat light natural easily digested foods
  • Have as much rest and relaxation (as possible)


Top pregnancy tips

1.     Pelvic Floor exercises

2.     Lean forward when you are on the toilet

3.     Massage your bump with Rosehip oil to aid in the reduction of stretchmark’s. 

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