Pregnancy is wonderful, but it can be uncomfortable and result in swollen feet, back pain and achy joints. So, if you and your bump are in need of a little care, why not consider a safe and relaxing trip to the spa? When you’re pregnant, you are extra sensitive to a lot of things right that you wouldn’t have been otherwise, so before you get to the spa; it is useful to get informed on what treatments you can and can’t do.
Getting a facial
With all those hormones in your body at this time, your pores can become clogged. Facials are a great way to clear them; however during pregnancy your skin is extra-sensitive, so it’s important to keep that in mind when booking your treatment.
Stay well away from abrasive treatments such as microdermabrasion as this will be far too harsh on your delicate skin at this time. You should also avoid aromatherapy, chemical peels and hot stones, instead opting for more relaxing and less invasive treatments. We recommend oxygen facials, deep-cleansing facials and hydrating facials for your pregnancy skin. Save the other treatments for after you have the baby!
Massage when pregnant
Many women suffer from back pain during pregnancy due to all the extra weight and strain the baby can put on your body. Getting a relaxing massage can help alleviate aches and pains. It is highly recommended that you get a massage from a properly established massage therapist who is experienced in prenatal massage.
If you are four months pregnant or more lying on your back is not always a good idea. Being in this position can result in pressure being put on important blood vessels, so it is wise to request that the massage therapist positions you so that you’re facing the wall instead of looking up at the ceiling.
Ensure the therapist uses unscented lotions or oils as some aromatherapy oils have been known to cause uterine contractions.
Consider getting reflexology therapy. This is when pressure is applied to certain areas of the feet, hands, and ears; it is great for swollen, tired feet and for reducing stress levels. Your therapist should be experienced in performing reflexology on pregnant women because pressure applied to certain areas may trigger contractions.
We recommend avoiding Botox when pregnant and also to staying away from saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools. Anything that increases your body temperature is off-limits during pregnancy. Opting for lighter and more relaxation based treatments such as massage and the facials recommended above is best until after your little bundle arrives.