Are you in your second trimester of pregnancy? It’s time for some pampering. Many offer a variety of special treats for pregnant women, ranging from massages to manicures. Here are some tips for a relaxing and and having a wonderful spa getaway.
When is the right time to go for a spa during pregnancy?
The best time to enjoy a nice relaxing session of spa is during your second trimester. By this time, your morning sickness should hopefully be behind you and you are likely to feel more energetic then ever.
Some spas will advise you to not have treatments or join certain exercise classes until you are at least 12 weeks pregnant You may also find that some spas also restrict women who are more than 32 weeks pregnant.
Try to find a spa where the staff is more experienced in taking care of a pregnant woman. Do let them know the status of your pregnancy when you are booking your appointment. Informing them beforehand will help them customise your pampering session as per your requirement.
How safe is massage during pregnancy?
A massage is a perfect way to ease an aching back, stiff shoulders and sore hips during pregnancy. It can also lift your mood and get those feel-good, pain-relieving endorphins flowing around your body, leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Ideally, you should choose a spa that offers massages specifically for expecting mothers. The therapists at the spa should have pregnancy massage training and experience, so that they know just how to look after you. A good massage therapist could also give you some suggestions for massage techniques that can be used by your birth planner when you are in labour.
Your therapist will help you move into different positions, such as sitting, lying on your side or semi-reclining. Let her know your sensitive areas before hand, if you start to get uncomfortable. The spa will provide you with some extra pillows, wedges and padding to help you get comfortable again.
Some spas have a hole cut out of the massage couch for your bump. Although some women find these can make their lower back ache. Try it and figure out if that works for you.
Pregnancy makes you very sensitive to certain smells. Inform your masseuse if a particular smell is bothering you. Remember, this is your time to relax. However, be extra careful if you are planning an aromatherapy massage with essential oils. Some oils are not to be used in pregnancy. Make sure your aromatherapist is trained in treating expecting mothers. Tell her how many weeks pregnant you are.
How safe is facial during pregnancy?
A facial can be extremely relaxing way to help keep your skin beautiful and healthy. Just keep in mind that your skin may be a little more sensitive now than it used to be when you were not pregnant. The products you used before pregnancy may not be as suitable during this time.
Ask your beauty therapist to use gentler products appropriate for sensitive skin. If you are still not sure, ask her to do a patch test before she starts.
Make sure your beauty therapist is not using anything containing retinoid. This is a type of vitamin A that speeds up cell division. It is used in skincare because it boosts the skin’s renewal and prevents collagen in the skin from breaking down. However, there is a chance that it could harm your baby if you use a lot of it.
How safe is manicure or pedicure during pregnancy?
Beautiful and clean looking hands and feet always make you feel good. It is fine to use nail polish and nail polish remover occasionally during pregnancy, so a manicure every now and then should not cause you any trouble.
However, nail polish does contain chemicals which can be harmful if you use it often. The two most common chemicals in nail polish are formaldehyde and toluene, both of which can irritate your eyes, throat and lungs. Toluene can also cause troubles for your baby if you come into contact with it regularly.
Ask you nail technician to use nail polish that’s free from formaldehyde and toluene. To be extra careful, always keep the room well-ventilated.
Things to avoid at a spa during pregnancy?
Try to stay away from heat treatments during pregnancy, as overheating isn’t good for you and your baby. Things to avoid include:
- steam rooms
- hot springs
- tanning beds
- whirlpools, hot tubs and spa baths
Though you should stay away from hot water, a dip in a warm bath or hydrotherapy pool is still an amazing way to relax. Just check with the staff that the temperature is no higher than 35 degrees C, or 32 degrees C if you are exercising in the water.
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