how to massage in pregnancy

are you or your pregnant partner in need of a massage?

Throughout history, the power of touch and massage has been closely linked to the work of midwives who used this safe and powerful tool to aid relaxation, ease discomfort and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of women from the time of conception, right through pregnancy, birth and the post-birth period. Whether you choose to self-massage or put trust in the hands of your partner or therapist, our expert midwives are on a mission to bring the benefits of massage to your fingertips.


Our expert team of midwives have developed a series of short how-to videos, where you will find effective techniques for self-massage, as well as a range of different massage ‘how-tos’ for your birth partner to get involved and help ease some of your symptoms or, simply, just pamper you!


Scroll down and click on the massage you need!  We have also written several blogs to support you including 'safety considerations of massage during pregnancy' which we recommend you read, ahead of doing any form of massage during pregnancy.


Time to get hands on with the power of massage!

massage for constipation

Constipation in pregnancy is common, learn how to kick start a sluggish bowel with this simple bump massage.


Our midwives recommend Fantastic Skin Elastic for this massage.  This is a rich and moisturising serum containing grapefruit essential oil, known to be helpful in relieving constipation as well as hydrating stretching skin.

perineal massage

Learn more on how to do perineal massage, with our short video and visit our perineal massage midwife guide.


85% of women will sustain some form of perineal trauma during vaginal birth. By practising perineal massage from 34 weeks, a few times per week, you can reduce the severity of tearing during childbirth. You can self-massage your perineum or involve your partner, if you struggle. Our 2-minute guide will guide you through it.


Our midwives recomend Peri Prep Your Bits which is midwife developed oil specifically blended for perineal massage.  You also get FREE access to our perineal massage webinar when you purchase it.  Alternatively you can use any vegetable grade cooking oil.



Breast massage for colostrum harvesting

Massaging the breast before you hand express breastmilk or start colostrum harvesting* can help you relax and stimulate your milk 'let down' reflex.  Try this simple massage technique to help encourage your milk ejection ('let down') reflex.


For this massage our midwives recommend using No Harm Nipple Balm which is midwife developed with the natural premium ingredients to soothe and protect nipples and which does not need to be removed before feeding, making it the perfect choice for massaging your breasts.


*If you have cervical stitch or have been diagnosed with a low lying placenta/placenta praevia please consult with your midwife or doctor before starting colostrum harvesting.  Learn even more about colostrum harvesting here.


massage for headaches

It’s not uncommon to suffer with headaches* in pregnancy! They can be caused by tension, stress and hormonal changes. Head massage can help relieve these symptoms and aid relaxation. You can focus on the area around the forehead and temples, or you can massage the whole head and scalp. Try this massage to help reduce tension and stress.


Our midwives use Peri Prep Your Bits for this massage – it might have been developed for your bits, but we discovered that this natural oil blend also helps to aid relaxation for both your body and mind when used in head massage.


*Always talk to your midwife or maternity assessment centre if you are experiencing persistent headaches, or headaches with other symptoms, to exclude other conditions. 

back massage

Back ache in pregnancy is common and mostly due to changes in posture brought on by your growing baby, and by the hormones relaxing your muscles and ligaments. As well as relieving aches and pains, massage helps to produce feel-good hormones, such as endorphins, which relax your mind and reduce feelings of stress. Try this massage with your partner to help relieve those aches and pains.


In this massage video, our midwives are using our NEW Marvellous Massaging Stick which is midwife developed to aid massage during pregnancy, labour and recovery. With its no-mess purposeful applicator, not only does it dispense the perfect amount of balm, but it an also be used to self-massage and for your partner to add a little extra pressure.

swollen foot massage

Feet can become swollen and sore – especially during the later stages of pregnancy. You may even find that you temporarily go up a shoe size! Foot massage can help relieve sore aching feet.  Try this foot massage to help reduce swelling and give relief from sore aching feet!  


In this massage video, our midwives are using our NEW Marvellous Massaging Stick which is midwife developed to aid massage during pregnancy, labour and recovery. With its no-mess purposeful applicator, not only does it dispense the perfect amount of balm, but it an also be used to self-massage and for your partner to add a little extra pressure.

leg + ankle massage

Swollen ankles and calves are particularly common in the later stages of pregnancy. Massaging this area can help improve circulation and disperse excess fluid in the tissues. Try this quick and easy pregnancy massage to increase circulation, reduce swelling and improve movement.


In this massage video, our midwives are using our NEW Marvellous Massaging Stick which is midwife developed to aid massage during pregnancy, labour and recovery. With its no-mess purposeful applicator, not only does it dispense the perfect amount of balm, but it an also be used to self-massage and for your partner to add a little extra pressure.

hand massage

Hands can be prone to swelling, particularly during the later stages of pregnancy. This can cause stiffness and changes in grip. Massage can help by improving circulation and mobilising joints, which will all help with movement. Try this relaxing massage to help ease discomfort in your hands, or just to have a pamper!


In this massage video, our midwives are using our NEW Marvellous Massaging Stick which is midwife developed to aid massage during pregnancy, labour and recovery. With its no-mess purposeful applicator, not only does it dispense the perfect amount of balm, but it an also be used to self-massage and for your partner to add a little extra pressure.

neck + shoulder massage

Tension can build up in the neck and shoulders during pregnancy due to changes to your posture. Massage can help release tension and reduce stress. This massage is useful for relaxation throughout pregnancy and helpful during labour to ease tense shoulders between contractions. Try this massage to help ground you, relax and relieve tension.


In this massage video, our midwives are using our NEW Marvellous Massaging Stick which is midwife developed to aid massage during pregnancy, labour and recovery. With its no-mess purposeful applicator, not only does it dispense the perfect amount of balm, but it an also be used to self-massage and for your partner to add a little extra pressure.

sacral pressure massage

Sacral pressure and sacral massage can be done in a sitting or standing position. It is most commonly used during labour – particularly the early stages – but you can also use it in pregnancy to help relieve aches and pains in the lower back area. Ask your…


In this massage video, our midwives are using our NEW Marvellous Massaging Stick which is midwife developed to aid massage during pregnancy, labour and recovery. With its no-mess purposeful applicator, not only does it dispense the perfect amount of balm, but it an also be used to self-massage and for your partner to add a little extra pressure.

massage for mastitis

If you need more help or support with breastfeeding reach out to your midwife or visit our breastfeeding page for more help.


Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast tissue which most commonly occurs to women who are breastfeeding. It can be accompanied by flu-like symptoms, with one or both breasts affected, and it usually appears as a red patch – which is warm and sore to touch - at the side of the breast. The best ways to treat mastitis are to continue to breastfeed, massage the breast to help relieve any blocked ducts, and place a chilled cabbage leaf into your bra. Try this breast massage to help relieve soreness in the breast.


For this massage our midwives recommend using No Harm Nipple Balm which is midwife-developed with the most natural premium ingredients to soothe and protect nipples, and which does not need to be removed before feeding, making it the perfect choice for massaging your breasts.

C-section scar massage

Once you are 6 weeks post-partum and your wound has fully healed you can begin scar massage, to help breakdown scar tissue, reconnect with your body and support your recovery.  Learn how to do scar recovery massage with our expert midwives.


For this massage our midwives recommend using our NEW Super Scar Recovery Oil which is midwife-developed with the most natural premium ingredients to help soften, soothe and improve the appearance and condition of scar tissue through massage, whether it is from C-section, episiotomy, tears, stretch marks or general scarring.

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