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During the time of pregnancy, a mothers should be very careful of everything she does and double check her own safety. One example is the use of massage chairs in this crucial period.
In as much as an expectant woman long for a nice pampering that relieves her of an aching shoulder, back, leg and arms, it is very important to know the effects of these types of machines.
There are many benefits brought about by a massage chair. There are also health risks associated with it. It is also important to note that during the different stages of the pregnancy, the level of risk varies. In this post, we take a look at its pros and cons.
Reduces Muscle Spasm and Pain
As the baby grows, women’s bodies normally tend to experience strain on their muscles especially on the shoulders, lower back, legs, thighs, and feet. The growing belly results to pressure to the body and of course, there is additional weight to carry around.
One of the common complaints of moms-to-be is the postural stress. If you already have a poor posture and you add the weight of your growing belly, then you can expect more aches and pains.
The best remedy to all of these is to rest and relax the muscles and get a good massage. This will also aid in the release of endorphins which acts as a natural pain killer.
Today’s top-of-the-line chairs come with calf and foot massager which help in improving the blood circulation in the lower body. This feature also reduces edema and eliminate toxins that contribute to muscle ache.
Improves the Mood and Sleep
Most expectant moms go through insomnia and become very anxious especially if its their first time. Apart from relieving physical stress, these devices are also very effective in relieving mental stress.
This leaves you a relaxed feeling and puts you in a very good mood. It also makes you feel energetic and refreshed. Massage also brings about an increase in endorphin levels. Endorphins are feel good chemicals which conduce to positive attitude.
The pampering you get from the chair makes expecting women feel better psychologically, more so at the time when it’s the baby who is at the center of attention.
A good session significantly reduces stress no matter what its causes may be. It takes away all the negative energy and leaves you feeling relaxed.
A prenatal massage is known to assist in managing the levels of hormone in the body and thereby reducing anxiety, depression, and stress.
2 Main Reasons Why It’s Bad:
These machines are programmed to hit pressure points including the back and this is likely to induce premature labor and contractions. It can lead to premature birth as well as other problems like your water breaking and bleeding.
Even if you go for the traditional massage, make sure that certain pressure points should not be worked on especially around the feet and ankles that can trigger contractions. This is why it is important to go for a certified therapist.
A lot of today’s models come with heating pads to make the massage experience even more relaxing. However, this can have negative effects to the baby. The pads are likely to increase body temperature and this can spike the unborn baby’s heart rate leading to cardiovascular issues.
So if you want to use any device, be it hand-held or a belt massager, don’t use the heat feature.
Vibration is not an issue because it is just similar to the effects you get from walking and going up and down the stairs. The baby is also contained in the amniotic sac which has fluids and these act as cushions.
But still make sure to keep it at a minimum and don’t go for more than 20 minutes just to be on the safe side.
There have also been concerns that since the machine runs on electricity, it also emits radiation. This may be true but the emissions are very low that it can be considered dangerous.
Although using this furniture is known to be generally safe at all stages, we still highly suggest that you do away with it on the first trimester as it is during this stage that the risk of miscarriages is higher.
If you don’t fit on the chair, don’t force it. You will be applying unnecessary pressure on your belly that could result to problems.
History and Complications
If you have a history of problematic pregnancy or pre-term labor, you should not use this furniture. Or if you have high-risk pregnancy, preeclampsia, and headaches.
The bottom Line
These robotic chairs can be very relaxing for pregnant women. However, they also pose serious health risks both for the mom and the baby. So if you have decided to use one make sure that you:
- Consult your doctor or gynecologist first as circumstances vary
- Conduct additional research if you have any health conditions
- Inform the therapist and the salon that you are pregnant
- Buy one that best suits your needs such as the foot or neck and shoulder massager or the Zero Gravity feature. See our Top 3 list here!
- Don’t go for the one with the heating pads or if you do, don’t use that feature.
- Use in moderation
- Stop immediately when you feel something is wrong
If you are still in doubt, get out! There is no point in using a massage chair if you are still going to worry on your health and safety and as well as your unborn child’s.
We highly suggest that you get a prenatal massage from a QUALIFIED MASSEUSE instead.
Check the Product Manual
If you are going to buy a massage chair, read the label or the manual. Some products are labeled not suitable for expectant mothers and it is important that you follow this.
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