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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.

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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?

2 Responses
  • Catherine
    September 19, 2016

    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!

    • Shayla
      September 20, 2016

      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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