With Mothering Sunday this month, we thought it was a great time to take a look at some of the relaxing treatments available for mummies to be!
Spa treatments can relieve the discomforts of pregnancy, and the spa atmosphere can relax expectant mothers who are overwhelmed by the changes in their bodies. Some, however, worry that pampering could cause harm. Good news: Manicures, pedicures, and facials are safe for pregnant women. And when you follow these guidelines, massage, water therapies, and body treatments can be, too.
10 best spa care tips you need to know if you’re expecting:
- Skip hot baths, steam rooms, Jacuzzis and saunas (traditional and infrared). Heat and sweat cause decreased blood flow (and blood to pool in your feet), which means the baby gets less oxygen, says Joel Evans, M.D., author of The Whole Pregnancy Handbook.
- Avoid contrast hydrotherapy (alternating hot and cold pools or rooms). Constant temperatures are best.
- Say no to body wraps, which cause perspiration and raise core body temperature.
- And no to detoxifying body scrubs. It’s possible these may release toxins into the bloodstream, not a good idea since a very tiny person is sharing it, explains Spabébé’s Heidi Moon. Consolation prize: Light body buffs for itchy and dry skin are safe.
- Essential oils (concentrated plant extracts) are verboten during the first trimester, according to Dr. Evans. It’s safe to reintroduce rose, lavender, and chamomile during the second trimester, as long as they’re diluted with twice the amount of carrier oil. But peppermint, rosemary, sage, and jasmine shouldn’t be used at all, Dr. Evans explains, because they can trigger uterine contractions. And some scents can make expectant mothers nauseated, so many spas offer scent-free products.
- Request a massage therapist who has been specifically trained in prenatal treatments. A qualified therapist will have completed a maternity course that teaches basics such as positioning and pressure points for pregnancy.
- Look for a spa that offers special pregnancy services and ask their advice on which treatments would be suitable.
- Listen to your body and let the therapist know if you’re uncomfortable. Some spas use tables with cutouts to accommodate a pregnant belly, but prenatal support pillows are more adjustable and generally more comfortable. Either way, if you aren’t comfortable, ask to switch positions or alter the treatment. Also, speak up if you have to use the bathroom, even mid-treatment.
- Drink plenty of water throughout and after your spa visit.
- If you’re high-risk, check with your doctor before booking.
3 perfect prenatal spa packages for any mum-to-be
1. Baliffscourt Hotel & Spa, Arundel
Mother to Be from £260pp
Inc: 60min New Beginnings massage, 60min My Kinda Skin facial or Mediterranean Marinade facial, 55min Pristing Pedicure, 1-course lunch, indulgent cream tea & spa use
2. Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa, Daventry
Classic Mother To Be Spa Day from £85pp
Inc: 55min pregnancy massage/facial/pedicure treatment & 2 course spa lunch or afternoon tea
3. Dormy House, Broadway
Baby Moon Spa Break from £617 for 2
Inc: Overnight stay B&B, lunch & dinner, full body pregnancy massage & 60min Mediterranean Marinade facial for Mum-to-be, 60min massage for partner, spa use & massage oil to take home
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