Q: Do you have a special pregnancy table or pillow so I can lie on my stomach during my massage?

A: No. Although it’s very tempting to want to lie face down for your treatment there is no evidence to support the safety of this position during pregnancy and there are many reasons it can cause harm. Your ligaments and tendons are softened and suceptible to overstretching in a face-down position without support and there would also be undue strain to the vertebrae of your lower back. Even with support, the forces of gravity could contribute to intra-uterine pressure and inhibit blood flow and these forces would increase with the pressure of massage.

For these reasons, I only use the side-lying position, the same one pregnant moms sleep in, for massage because I know it’s safe for both mother and baby.

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