Pregnancy Massage Traditional Chinese Tuina massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy. Massage during pregnancy needs to be gentle but effective. Sometimes Tuina massage should not be performed at all during the first trimester and certain acupressure points should be avoided during particular times of the pregnancy to prevent causing untimely reactions (like pre-term contractions). Pregnancy is a beautiful and exciting time in a woman’s life, but sometimes this transformation can cause discomfort, stress, and a depletion of a woman’s body and energy. As the baby grows it can begin to demand more energy and blood than the mother can produce. When this condition occurs, various symptoms can arise, such as lower back strain, swelling or water retention, stress and emotional tension, increased blood pressure, and digestive upsets. If this deficient condition is left unchecked it can even lead to prolonged or delayed labour.