Pregnancy Symptoms by Trimester: Using Massage to Reduce Discomfort

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Massage Therapy, Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Symptoms by Trimester

Pregnancy affects a woman’s body physically and emotionally for the entire cycle. Even women who have had other pregnancies experience the changes to some degree. Each trimester presents unique challenges with which a woman must cope. Massage therapy is one way to manage some of the uncomfortable changes and create a more pleasant experience for the new mom.

First Trimester Symptoms

During the first three months, many changes happen and the first-time mother may struggle to deal with them. The baby is rapidly developing and will begin to move around eight weeks. You may have blood tests near the end of the first trimester to determine the genetic health of the baby. These and other symptoms can increase your anxiety level.
By the end of the first month, nausea (morning-sickness) can kick in. At six weeks, the body changes become more pronounced and at seven weeks, mood swings start to occur. The first trimester is full of unknowns and your anxiety level can be high.

First Trimester Massage Solutions

With anxiety, nausea and mood swings, a gentle, relaxing massage is recommended. Swedish massage is one style that focuses on relaxing your mind and body to remove the stress of hormonal changes. It is a safe massage to use during the first trimester when miscarriage is a risk. Make sure your therapist is trained in pregnancy massage and knows the limitations.

Second Trimester Symptoms

At six months the baby is growing quickly and you may suddenly feel much heavier. The nausea goes away and you may find yourself full of energy. You may begin retaining water and find that your ankles and feet are swollen. Leg cramps are common during the second trimester. Your appetite increases. Lower back pain may occur because of the extra weight you are carrying for the baby.

Second Trimester Massage Solutions

Massage of the soft tissues helps to move fluid out of the joints back into the circulatory system. This reduces swelling and helps remove waste products from the muscles and tissues. Massage of the leg and back muscles relieves the tension. As your body changes, treat yourself to a gentle spa treatment to improve the outlook of your own body.

Third Trimester Symptoms

The third semester is like the last stretch for a marathon runner. You’re tired and anxious for it to be over. You’re also anxious about being prepared for having this baby. Your body obviously looks pregnant, which can cause more stress. Your back pain may continue and you may feel more clumsy as fatigue sets in. This is also the time when mood swings become pronounced because of the hormonal changes before birth.

Third Trimester Massage Solutions

Massage therapy has been shown to reduce the stress hormones, such as norepinephrine and cortisol, in the body. It also increases the “happy” hormones, dopamine and serotonin. This change in hormones has been shown to reduce birth complications. The emotional swings also level off more with massage.

Sciatic nerve issues from the weight of the baby on the lower back are reduced by muscle massage. Lower back and leg pain can be reduced dramatically. Leg cramps are reduced by releasing tension on the nerves.

Massage as a Part of Pregnancy

Therapeutic massage is a way to cope with uncomfortable symptoms you will have during pregnancy. While your first thoughts are on the baby, you need to keep yourself healthy, both physically and mentally. Take the time to take care of yourself so you will have the best experience during this pregnancy.

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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What Matrix Spa & Massage Customers Are Saying

Viktoriya Semeykina
Viktoriya Semeykina
03:08 30 Apr 22
I had the best deep tissue massage of my life there, Richard is the best therapist! I highly recommend him for sore muscles and back problems.
masterartist04
masterartist04
00:14 29 Apr 22
I love this place, I recommend this place to everyone
S Havens
S Havens
20:58 24 Apr 22
Excellent massage for myself and my husband. It was my first massage and it was a pleasant experience
Mandy Britt
Mandy Britt
03:15 02 Apr 22
Richard gave an amazing massage!
Tilomai Pea
Tilomai Pea
01:10 24 Mar 22
Richard S.
Richard S.
14:55 14 Feb 22
Here at Matrix massage, Rachel was extremely skilled and attentive to my lower back issues. Fantastic massage, just the right pressure and incredible...
Emma Slikker
Emma Slikker
14:22 01 Feb 22
I have been here 3 times now and have done packages and massages. Always a good experience.
Dolores Medina
Dolores Medina
19:38 12 Dec 21
A delicious sanctuary. I felt the worries of the week being worked out of my body. Richard was my “ Sensei” masseuse educating me on muscle connections and guidance on how to release tension. This is now my spiritual hideaway once a month.
Laura
Laura
05:56 18 Nov 21
R R
R R
05:53 12 Nov 21
Janet Cook
Janet Cook
16:52 09 Nov 21
A little pricey, but always a great job. Definitely worth it.
britt sloan
britt sloan
04:38 12 Oct 21
Mouse kowitts
Mouse kowitts
03:40 04 Oct 21
FrIendly staff, great massage
John S
John S
00:29 06 Sep 21
Had a massage with Donna the other day. I learned a lot, mainly that I should do it mote often. Donna took me on an excellent journey to the land of Awesomesauce.
Seth Walsh
Seth Walsh
23:48 03 Sep 21
I just had the best massage I've ever had from Rachel K. She really helped fix a lot of the abuse I've done to my body through a heavily active lifestyle. Thank you!!
Donna May L.
Donna May L.
14:40 03 Sep 21
Amazing therapists. I love their hydro circuit. sauna has helped my pain in so many ways. If you're going to come here and get a massage definitely book a...
Bryant T
Bryant T
19:49 29 Aug 21
Kelly C.
Kelly C.
15:58 07 Aug 21
My first time visiting Matrix and I somehow booked the wrong service, but I'm not even mad about it! (I booked Thai massage online but when I got there,...
Jesus Moreno
Jesus Moreno
02:33 01 Aug 21
Mike Black
Mike Black
01:31 26 Jul 21
Excellent care and customer service. Donna May and Rachel were awesome! Highly recommend.
Emma vB
Emma vB
16:51 08 Jul 21
Had my first massage here yesterday and was super impressed overall. I booked in with Donna, she did a great job and really worked into my problem areas. She was professional and friendly. Have already booked in for a follow up session.
Sara Stevenson
Sara Stevenson
16:02 21 Jun 21
My husband and I have been going here for 7 years now. We have never once been disappointed. They have an amazing environment, fantastic prices and every therapist we have had has been stellar. 10/10 recommend every time! We had a massage yesterday with Donna May and Rachel K. They both were phenomenal and very professional. We love it here!!!
Livia gooden
Livia gooden
00:07 15 Jun 21
Richard is the Bomb.com...and I will be back for their great massage and service!
Whitney Stratton
Whitney Stratton
18:14 08 May 21
Ashley Berger
Ashley Berger
17:10 04 May 21
This was my first visit to Matrix. And I can't wait to go back! I've already scheduled my next massage.The pricing is excellent. You totally okay for their quality and expertise, without paying any markups I've seen at other places. What I received was worth every penny and more.Atmosphere is amazing. I felt welcomed and at ease. It was peaceful and serene. Everything was so nice and clean, and the Covid distancing was easy and encouraged. I got a couple's massage with my partner. The room was nice and big, and the tables were wider than I'm used to at other places.Both therapists were very professional. They listened to my wants and needs. Their instructions were simple and given in a friendly, adult manner. All the things I asked for were given in spades. This is the first time in my whole life a therapist actually respected my wish for soft pressure on my lower back and hips. I can't believe it still. All my covered areas were respected. Rolling over was easy and done with privacy.It feels GREAT. Best massage ever, no doubts. I left feeling so much more relaxed and loose than when I came in. I used to get 3-5 massages a year. But then Covid happened, so I haven't had a massage in over a year. The tightness and knots were no joke. But my therapist worked them out and loosened me up like it was nothing. Like I said, my request for different pressures in different places was honored.I couldn't have had a better experience, there's just no way. Five stars? 100 stars!
Rebecca Weber
Rebecca Weber
02:28 04 May 21
Manuel Medrano
Manuel Medrano
20:04 21 Apr 21
Great hands😍👌👌👌
Jake Darger
Jake Darger
01:37 11 Apr 21
Me and my girl got a ruby couples package and it was fantastic just what I needed.
Emily Poff
Emily Poff
17:24 28 Mar 21
I had the best massage ever from Richard. I have chronically tight muscles and he helped me so much. Highly recommend!!
Susie Greer
Susie Greer
01:55 16 Mar 21
Got the best massage I've had in a long time from Richard. He was really good at making me breath into the tight spots which allowed them to release. He was really knowledgeable and had my posture looking better than it has in ages! Highly recommend! Will be back next time I'm in town!
Vanessa Crump
Vanessa Crump
09:05 07 Mar 21
Donna May was amazing. I've had a ton of massage and I've never had something so good at such a good value in the US. If I lived in Salt Lake City, I'd go back to see her specifically.
Jennie Williams
Jennie Williams
23:50 03 Mar 21
myndee Hanberg
myndee Hanberg
01:53 21 Feb 21
My hubby and I came in for a couples massage but due to a mishap with the room we had to be separated. Other than that we really enjoyed the massages. I had Rachel and she was great. Very informative, friendly, and respectful. It was very clean and a calming atmosphere. Overall 5 stars.
Cezaryna Dzawala
Cezaryna Dzawala
16:45 20 Feb 21
Jacqui was very professional and knowledgeable.I felt like a newborn afterwards and I will definitely be back!
Christian Fierro
Christian Fierro
01:11 13 Feb 21
I had a delightful and safe experience here with my SO for a couples massage and hydrotherapy session. Donna May and Rachel were great therapists that asked questions and delivered as needed. The entire experience was so relaxing and I wish we could have stayed longer
Alyson Johnson
Alyson Johnson
23:24 06 Feb 21
Rachel did a prenatal massage and she was excellent. My husband booked it for on their website for $70 but the owner told me at checkout it was $80. I'm disappointed that she did that.
Rochelle Rice
Rochelle Rice
16:53 31 Jan 21
I booked 5 massages for my sisters and I. The staff worked to find a place in their schedule for us and made it such a nice experience. Personally for me, Richard was so phenomenal! He was very professional and talked as much as I wanted but most of the massage I just wanted to relax. He calmly cued me to breath to release the tension of the muscle he was working, giving gentle education. I received the perfect pressure that I requested, which I like a lot of pressure. I would definitely book here again!
Horge Condaliza
Horge Condaliza
01:15 29 Jan 21
Amazing experience. Purchased a Groupon, and wasn't disappointed. Jaqui is very good at what she does. It was only a half hour swedish, but what she did in that half hour was amazing! Plus the infarred sauna was dope. Haven't sweat that much in a long time.
Anny Spencer
Anny Spencer
16:29 25 Jan 21
This was a first time massage for both me and my spouse. We used the Ruby Package so we could enjoy the hydrotherapy circuit. Our therapists were Donna May and Jacqui and they were both amazing! I loved that they explained the whole process and really made us feel comfortable. We would definitely recommend!
Brynn P.
Brynn P.
11:09 13 Aug 18
This spa was amazing! A group of us went there this past Friday for a Bachelorette Party! This is the only spa in SLC that has any packages or deals for a...
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