Pregnancy Friendly Spa Treatments
An aching back, swollen feet and dry, itchy skin are just some of the unfortunate ailments you may struggle with during pregnancy. There has never been a time in a person’s life when the pampering offered by spa treatments would be so appreciated. Unfortunately, many women believe that the spa is strictly off-limits when pregnant. This isn’t true. However, there are a few spa dos and don’ts that will affect your pampering session.
Timing is important
Reputable spas like Lake District Spa recommend that you wait until you are past the 12-week mark before opting for treatments during your pregnancy. For some treatments, there may also be a point later in your pregnancy where some treatments are not recommended – this may be more to do with your own comfort, as being in some positions for any length of time can be uncomfortable. It is a good idea to talk to the spa and see what they suggest as they will be able to fit their treatments to your own individual circumstances.
Things to avoid
There are certainly some spa treatments that should be avoided during pregnancy. These include things like hot tubs and saunas – you should generally avoid any treatments that will significantly raise the core temperature of the body, and this can have a detrimental effect on your growing baby. The other treatment you should avoid is certain types of “harsher” facials like chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
What treatments can I enjoy?
The good news is that this still leaves plenty of treatments that you can enjoy during your pregnancy. If you want to make sure that you are in good hands, it can be a good idea to chat with the spa beforehand. They will be happy to help, and you certainly won’t be the first pregnant woman to ask plenty of questions before booking treatments.
These are the perfect pampering treatment for during pregnancy. Many but not all women find that as their pregnancy progresses, their skin glows. Unfortunately, some women find that their skin can become oily or dry, and this, combined with all of those pregnancy hormones and a growing bump, can make them feel less like themselves. The right facial can work wonders, helping to treat the skin and giving it the nourishment it deserves. The sitting position of a facial, in combination with soothing music in the background and, of course, the facial itself, can be the ultimate in relaxation and can do wonders.
You might believe that massage during pregnancy is not a good idea. Again this is not true; however, it is important to find a therapist who is experienced in pregnancy massage. During your third trimester, it is not advised to lie on your back for longer periods of time as this can decrease the flow of blood to the baby. There are special massage tables designed for pregnancy with a hole in to accommodate your bump. However, there is some concern that these cause strains on the uterus. An alternative is to have a pregnancy massage whilst lying on your side. A good pregnancy massage will include not only your back but also your legs. This can help relieve stress, nourish the skin and just help you to relax.
Both manicures and pedicures are also suitable for pregnant women, so if this is a treatment you regularly splash out on, you will be pleased to know that this little treat doesn’t need to stop because you are pregnant.