Carrying a child can be a roller coaster experience full of high highs and low lows. But no matter how your pregnancy progresses, taking care of yourself is essential for your and your baby's health. A trip to the spa can not only provide physical pampering, but also the mental break every mom-to-be deserves. Here are some tips for relaxing safely without compromising your baby's health or sacrificing your bliss.
A massage is the perfect answer to swollen feet, an aching back, and a sore neck. But massages pre-baby belly look a little different now that you are with child. Pregnancy massage is a common practice and one that takes into account all of the variables associated with a pregnant body. Some massage therapists employ the use of pregnancy tables, where the table has a hole in it designed to accommodate the baby bump. Others provide specially designed pillows that help a woman achieve comfort while laying on her side rather than her front. Massage for the feet, hands, neck, upper back and scalp can be accomplished whilst seated and provide the easiest positioning for a massage without the use of special equipment. Whatever massage route you choose during your pregnancy, massage has a way of allowing the mind and body to rest, eases the tension found so commonly in muscles that are working so hard, and provides the escape that every woman deserves.
It is common to hear about the pregnancy 'glow', but if you feel like your glow has faded over several weeks of sleepless nights and restless days, a facial may be just what you need. During pregnancy, a woman's skin tends to be more sensitive, easily blemishing and becoming sore to the touch. For this reason, a facial should use only all-natural products and products that are designed for sensitive skin. Anything rough, such as a microdermabrasion, should be avoided as this can agitate already tender skin. Similarly, chemical peels are not advised, and hot stones and aromatherapy should be avoided as well. So what does that leave for the mom-to-be in need of a little glow-infusion? Thankfully, there are many options available in a typical salon. Try an oxygen facial, which increases circulation, essential for plumping up fine lines and for promoting cellular renewal. Another option is a hydrating facial, which uses a moisture-rich formula to restore moisture levels in pregnancy-parched skin.
Manicures and Pedicures
One of the simplest but most noticeable spa treatments available for pregnant women is the manicure and pedicure. Manicures and pedicures are a staple for many women-- those with and without child. During pregnancy, a mani/pedi can be achieved without special equipment or polishes, but it should be noted that regular exposure to the chemicals in polishes can be harmful over time. So opting for a pregnancy-friendly all-natural polish from time to time will help to mitigate that danger. As for visiting the spa to prettify your nails, go for it! You can ask your technician to avoid products with formaldehyde or toluene, which are pretty potent, and ensure that the space is well-ventilated. After all, many pregnant women find that they are especially sensitive to smells, and good ventilation will prevent your mani/pedi from causing uncomfortable nausea. Other than that, the process of getting a manicure and pedicure can be relaxing and gives the body and mind a break. A pedicure, especially, can feel great in the third trimester, when some women find it difficult to reach their feet, much less to massage, trim, and paint them. The massaging action of a pedicure can also help to reduce swelling, increase circulation, and just give your feet a much needed respite.
Pregnancy is an experience unique to every woman who carries a child. While some are comfortable and active throughout, others struggle from the moment of conception to find some comfort and peace. A spa visit is a wonderful way to treat yourself, no matter your state of mind or level of comfort. With a few easy tweaks and the use of an experienced therapist, pregnancy spa visits can be the perfect way to unwind.
About the author:
Helena Evans is a health and beauty blogger for About Face, who offer a wide range of Spa Treatments in Auckland, New Zealand.