Prebaby rubdowns are rooted in Swedish massage techniques that boost circulation, relax tense muscles and reduce swelling—just what moms-to-be need.
Browse the American Massage Therapy Association’s online database (amtamassage.org) to find a certified practitioner near you. Before booking, talk with your care provider to get the go-ahead—some therapists will require it before treating you.
Massage therapists focus on the lower back and feet as well as the upper back, which may be sore from supporting your new bra size, and calves, which work hard to help balance those outward turned hips.
Tables hollowed out to fit your growing bump might look comfy, but they can strain your back or squeeze your lower abdomen. Experts recommend expectant mothers lie on their sides with supportive cushions instead.