Congratulations, mom-to-be! Parenthood is a huge transition and you are preparing for perhaps the biggest change in your life! Being pregnant is wonderful, but you may experience physical changes that can be uncomfortable for you.
From the excitement in the first trimester to having pain, aches and swelling in places you never even knew about, you might start to ponder: How to safely indulge at the spa while pregnant? I want to ease my discomfort, but will that harm my baby?
Read on to find out our top recommendations of spa treatments that are safe for pregnant mothers!
1. Prenatal massage
A professional prenatal massage is safe and beneficial massage therapy for expecting mothers at all stages of pregnancy. It helps to relieve back pain, improve sleep quality, and more importantly it helps mothers to relax and de-stress.
Basic facial treatments without electric currents, chemical peels, or laser therapies are safe for pregnant mothers. Facials are highly beneficial as they treat dehydrated or pimpled-skin and work to promote your pregnancy glow. We recommend deep cleansing facials, oxygen facials, and hydrating facials to exfoliate and moisturise your skin.
Acupuncture is proven to be extremely beneficial and effective during pregnancy as it not only nourishes the body but it also helps to reduce unpleasant early symptoms (especially during the first trimester) such as nausea, fatigue, and heartburn. The acupuncture points for pregnant mothers will help relax and soften uterine ligaments and promote blood flow to the pelvis which eventually prepares the cervix and uterine muscles to contract when needed.
Yes, you are right! You can get your hand and foot massages during pregnancy as it promotes the much-needed relaxation. However, extra care needs to be taken on certain areas around the ankles and feet. A qualified health professional or reflexologist will focus on the areas that relieve heartburns and other unpleasant pregnancy symptoms.
5. Manicure and Pedicure
Yes, it is completely safe to get your nails done! If you find yourself facing difficulties clipping your nails especially during the third trimester, it is okay to indulge in a relaxing mani-pedi session. However, it is best to avoid nail polish with contentious chemicals such as toluene or formaldehyde. It might also be best to skip the foot and calf rub since manicurists are not pregnancy- trained reflexologists.
So, just ensure the foot bath and nail tools are in proper hygiene, and you’re good to go!