There are so many dos and don’ts when pregnant it’s hard to keep track of them all and can often cause more stress. So, can you enjoy a relaxing massage while you’re pregnant?
It’s important to relax, put your feet up and not stress too much while pregnant but not all massages are suitable while you’re having a baby. The good news is some treatments are ok to enjoy while you’re pregnant. Many beauty salons and spa treatments have specialist ‘mum-to-be’ pamper packages or massage treatments that are a lot more delicate than a standard massage and are specially created for pregnant women. You’ll also be asked how many weeks pregnant you are so your pampering will be suitable for your needs. Remember if at any point during your treatment you feel uncomfortable or you want it to stop tell the therapist straight away.
Here are some treatments you can enjoy…
This type of massage is specially created for pregnant woman and is more gentle than a normal massage and contains a lot of gentle sweeping motions which can help ease any pains you might have in your hips.
They will usually touch your stomach, as long as you’re happy with this, but again it will be to use pregnancy-safe rich moisturisers, lotions and oils to sooth your skin around your baby bump.
Your skin and body will be undergoing a lot of changes as the baby grows so the gentle massaging is not only relaxing for you, reducing any stress, but also deeply moisturising for your delicate stretched skin.
If your feet are becoming swollen, which can happen a lot in the later stages of pregnancy, then a cooling foot and leg massage could be a wonderful treat for you. Again check with the beauty therapist that the products used are safe for pregnancy but cooling and moisturising oils will be used to massage your feet giving a truly relaxing treatment.
Your legs will also be carrying around more weight so will benefit from a gentle pregnancy foot and leg massage, giving you the chance to unwind for a while.
You can enjoy a lovely relaxing basic facial while pregnant, just be sure to check the products are safe for use in pregnancy, plus your skin might be more sensitive now so ask for gentle products.
Hydrating and cleansing facials are usually a great choice but be sure to steer clear of chemical facials, microdermabrasion or peels. Also, to be extra cautious, check your therapist isn’t using anything containing retinoid, a type of Vitamin A sometimes used in anti-aging moisturisers, if it’s used regularly it could be harmful.
Many women treat themselves to a manicure or pedicure while pregnant and as long as you use nail polish in moderation there’s no reason not to. There are chemicals in some nail polish such as formaldehyde and toluene that can be harmful if you’re regularly exposed to them in large quantities, but not all nail polishes contain these ingredients. Although, you might want to go to a salon that’s well ventilated, if it’s busy and there are a lot of fumes then they could make you feel quite queasy while you’re pregnant.
It’s usually recommended you don’t have any treatments or spa days in the first trimester (the first 12 weeks). After this point you will have usually had your first scan and you should hopefully be getting over any feeling of sickness. Some spas may not allow treatments after a certain stage, around 32 weeks, so be sure to check with the spa and your midwife before treatments.
There are other things you should avoid when pregnant too, such as too much heat, so avoid:
If you do have a spa treatment then make sure to ask if the products are safe for pregnant women, some essential oils aren’t recommended for use during pregnancy such as basil, rosemary, nutmeg, jasmine, sage and juniper berry. Additionally, some facial products contain retinoid which should be avoided and regular use of nail polish containing formaldehyde and toluene could also be harmful.
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