During pregnancy, regular prenatal massages may not only help you relax, but may also relieve insomnia, joint pain, neck and back pain and leg cramping — all common pregnancy problems. Although massage is safe during pregnancy, still some massage therapists do not give therapeutic massages during the critical first trimester. In addition, there are pregnancy complications that can make massage somewhat risky. Check with your practitioner before receiving a prenatal massage if you have diabetes, have morning sickness or are vomiting regularly, have been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure, have a fever or a contagious virus, or have abdominal pain or bleeding. If you are in the second half of your pregnancy, don't lie on your back during your massage; the weight of your baby and uterus can reduce circulation to your placenta. As with almost any alternative therapy, you should consult your doctor before you begin reflexology treatments, and you should be sure that your reflexologist has been properly trained and has experience working with pregnant women. As in the case with prenatal massage, some reflexologists prefer to wait until you are out of your first trimester before they will work on you. Finally, be aware: Reflexologists often work the area between your ankle and heel, which tend to stimulate labor and contractions. Unless you're ready to head for the hospital, make sure that you avoid stimulating this area for any length of time.
Nearly had a foot reflexology during my Shanghai trip. (It was included in the holiday package) . The tour guide kept telling us that such treatment is highly not recommended for expecting mother. I didn't know I was 2 weeks pregnant then. Luckily, my 5 years old girl stopped me.
Well..I unknowingly went for foot reflexology till I was almost 12 wks preg. Luckily nothing happened. Yes, I have heard there is a risk of miscarriage. A lot of masseurs will not massage you once they know you are pregnant.
Reflexology and massage will increase the blood flow and most of the time, they use quite alot of force which may cause miscarriage. Not advisable to have massage, unless you arrange for pre-natal massage.
I went to Batam for holiday and as part of the package signed it came with a complimentary body massage and I told the tour guide that I am pregnant and she suggested foot massage instead. I was 4 months pregnant then.
I also heard that foot and body massage may caused miscarriage. I am not sure how true it is.. However, as to prevent any unnecessary worrying and troubles. I will not try any types of foot or body massage in my pregnancy, especially in the first trimester when the pregnancy is not stable yet.