A woman’s body changes during each stage of pregnancy, and those changes can cause aches, pains, and other generalized discomforts. Massage therapy reduces the stress on weight-bearing joints during pregnancy, promotes improved circulation of blood and lymph, and diminishes overall anxiety to aid in relaxation and improved sleep patterns. Prenatal massage gives an expectant mother the ability to unwind during a period of physical and emotional stress. The positioning for pregnancy massage varies by trimester. Pregnancy massage is performed in the sideline position during the second and third trimesters. Soft, supportive pillows are used to alleviate any additional strain on the lower back and pelvic region during the massage. In addition, a small pillow will be placed under one hip to provide elevation when positioned on your back during the second trimester. This is to provide proper blood flow to the baby at all times. During the third trimester, a pregnant client should expect to receive the massage only in the sideline position. Pregnancy massage with a certified therapist can be one of the most pleasurable experiences that an expectant mother can have while awaiting the birth of a child, and it is a complimentary choice for prenatal care. Women who have recently experienced bleeding, pre-term contractions, or have any of the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage: high-risk pregnancy, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, history of pre-term labor, severe swelling, or sudden onset of severe headaches.