Pregnancy and Massage

$45.00 members / $75.00 nonmembers     3.0 CE credits

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Learn how pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period affect women. Understand the problems that can occur and the appropriate massage techniques for each phase. Recognize contraindications and specific needs for those with high-risk pregnancies.


When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the needs of pregnant women and how massage therapy can address them.
  • Discuss how to modify massage to meet the needs of prenatal, pregnant, and post-partum women.
  • Identify the stages of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
  • Recognize contraindications for massage therapy for these clients and the needs for those with high-risk pregnancies.

About the author(s)

Susan Salvo, EdD is a board certified massage therapist with over 35 years of experience, has authored two widely used textbooks, and presents at seminars across the country. Her teaching and research focuses on advancing the fields of Massage and Education. In 2014, Susan was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the American Massage Therapy Association.

Course expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.

Online courses expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.

Course approval codes

LCEU0002231; MSP #235


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course.


You are responsible for ensuring that any new modalities, techniques, or products you use comply with your state's defined scope of practice for massage therapy. (See While AMTA makes every attempt to present information that is beneficial to you and your massage therapy practice, the courses provided by AMTA are for educational purposes only and are not intended to cover every situation that you may encounter. Information presented here does not replace your independent judgment and that of your company and/or employer. AMTA does not endorse or approve, and AMTA assumes no responsibility for, the content, suitability, accuracy, or completeness of the information presented.


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