They are generally considered safe throughout pregnancy, provided you have had no complications, however because the risk of miscarriage is greater within the first term of pregnancy, some women choose to wait until after their 12-week scan.
There are some conditions which might prevent therapy from taking place so before booking an appointment, please inform me of any health issues you may have including if you have/had any complications with your pregnancy or with the delivery. You can have a massage 2 weeks after a healthy pregnancy & delivery – as soon as you feel ready, although if you have had a caesarean-section, you should wait at least 6 weeks for the scar tissue to heal. Care will be taken to choose the most appropriate therapy for you, but I also recommend that you check with your doctor or midwife/health visitor before booking an appointment.
I may be unable to treat you if you have injured yourself within the last 72 hours, have certain medical conditions, a heavy cold, flu or temperature, have had surgery within the last 3 months or have any blood clots/deep vein thrombosis (DVT), so please contact me to check first. It is also useful if you could give me, in advance, a list of any medications you are taking, so that I can adjust the therapy appropriately. It is not advisable to drink alcohol or eat a large meal before your appointment.