Massage Therapy for Severe Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy
Although we need more research, a small 2006 study in the Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences showed that massage therapy was beneficial at treating severe nausea and vomiting (SNVP) in the prenatal population when used in conjunction with traditional treatments for SNVP.
This is encouraging information for those suffering from SNVP!
SNVP in the prenatal individual can take over one's life and leave them feeling a lack of control and agency. This study showed that massage therapy has the potential to provide respite from nausea and vomiting and can empower individuals to regain feelings of well-being, control and reclaim one's body in the face of SNVP.
My experience as a clinical supervisor in a high-risk prenatal hospital setting, entailed the supervision of massage students using massage therapy as an adjunct treatment in cases of severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. In these cases, massage did provide respite and rest for pregnant individuals who were too sick to be at home.
Have you considered massage therapy to help ease nausea and vomiting? Please know that massage therapy is safe in the first trimester of pregnancy where one may experience more morning sickness.
Research from the Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences: