High Risk Pregnancies & Contra-indications

Total contraindications to massage in pregnancy (massage is not suitable)

  • Placental abruption (where the placenta slightly detaches from the wall of the uterus)
  • Threatened miscarriage 
  • Eclampsia
  • Blood clot or phlebitis
  • Active uterine bleeding
  • Hydroamnios – if there is too much amniotic fluid around the baby after 32 weeks gestation
  • Oligohydramnios – there is an insufficient amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby
  • Bleeding or heavy discharge
  • Fever, Diarrhoea

Medical contraindications (massage may be suitable if your midwife, GP or other primary healthcare professional gives their approval and consent)

  • Diabetes and gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure/chronic hypertension
  • High-risk pregnancy – massage isn’t recommended unless your primary healthcare provider gives their explicit consent.
  • Pre-eclampsia – a condition characterized by swelling of the face, hands, and feet, elevated blood pressure, excessive fluid retention, and protein in the urine. It is sometimes accompanied by severe headaches (or migraines) with or without optical “floaters.” If pre-eclampsia is suspected or confirmed, all massage must be avoided until your blood pressure stabilizes and your care provider affirms that you and your baby are out of danger.

There is also a full list of contra-indication listed here, under Holistic Therapies that can also affect you having a massage.

Please check, sometimes it maybe necessary to seek medical advice from your midwife, specialist or GP before having a Pregnancy Massage to ensure there is no reason for massage not to go ahead.

Before any treatment commences a consultation with yourself will take place to discuss any issues, concerns you may have and to discuss your medical history.


Disclaimer: Please note I am unable to diagnose medical conditions, nor am I able to offer medical advice. However, many people living with certain medical conditions find great benefit in receiving complementary therapies alongside their medical care. Complementary/holistic therapies, such as Massage and Reflexology, are not intended to replace medical advice or medical treatment, nor do they claim to “cure”. If you have an issue of a medical nature that is giving you concern then please contact your G.P. first and foremost.