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As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.


Women with the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:



What is Considered High Risk?


Certain conditions or characteristics qualify a pregnancy as high risk. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. fit into a high-risk category. Although not a comprehensive list, the most common culprits for placing a pregnant woman in a high-risk category include:


•  Age – A mother under age 15 or over age 35


•  Diabetes – Having diabetes prior to pregnancy or developing it during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)


•  Pre-eclampsia – A syndrome that includes high blood pressure, urinary protein, and changes in liver enzymes during pregnancy that can affect the mother’s kidneys, liver and brain


•  Multiple Pregnancy – Carrying more than one child at once increases the stress on the mother’s body


•  Other Pre-existing Health Conditions – Asthma, high blood pressure, cancer and heart, kidney, lung or liver disease


High-Risk Pregnancy

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DISCLAIMER:  The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.