Treat Yo’self: Prenatal Massage

We have some fairly awesome benefits thanks to Matt’s job, benefits which we didn’t have when I was pregnant with M. At my second-last prenatal appointment I asked the doctor to write me a prescription for massage therapy, which she did immediately, so now I’ve got an Rx that will last for a year. I booked a prenatal massage despite not feeling like I really needed it — within the two or three weeks that spanned between setting it up and going in, I definitely needed it.

With M, my lower right back hurt a lot on days when I was really active and I’m finding the same, this time around. But, whether it’s because I’m feeling/weighing larger, because I already have a kid to tote around, or my body is like ‘oh yeah we know how to do this fall apart thing now!’, I’ve been feeling extra-cumbersome. My back hurts regularly, and it’s even worse when I do a lot of moving.


Lots of lying around going on here.

I had no idea what to expect — I’ve only ever had a relaxation massage, once — but I’m very glad I booked the appointment! The massage therapist had a pillow with a hollowed out belly area, so I wasn’t uncomfortable lying down. I was able to pick out the scent of massage oil I wanted, and she checked in with me regularly to make sure I was still comfortable with my position and the pressure she was using.

We also talked about a huge array of birth and parenting related topics, which was actually quite nice — she told me a bit about being a mom to boys, and navigating bringing a second child home, and it turned out that both of our firstborns were born in a similar fashion (posterior baby resulting in a c-section without pushing, despite a long labour). I heard her perspective on choosing a scheduled c-section, which is of interest to me — right now I’m slated to trial a VBAC, but I’m not going to die on that particular cross so I’m open to hearing all kinds of stories.

A week or two after I had that massage, I decided to book another one, so I’m heading back soon. It felt nice to do something for myself, and it really did help my back. I think I’m paying something like $2 per massage thanks to the benefits coverage, so why not?

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  1. Catherine says:

    Oh wow, that’s so awesome! Insurance here doesn’t offer coverage for massage, but I wish it did! I had a prenatal massage when I was pregnant with my second child, and I got hooked. Now I go all the time, to the same therapist. I used to feel guilty, like it was indulgent, but she has helped me to see it as something positive to do for myself and my health. Enjoy them!

    1. Shayla says:

      It’s funny how indulgent it feels! I have to talk myself into it even though it’s prescribed and covered.

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