During pregnancy, there might be nothing that sounds quite as inviting as a relaxing day at the spa. But there’s often some confusion over whether it’s still safe to go.
Depending on which stage of pregnancy you’re at, there are certain limitations on the treatments you can and can’t have. So if you’re unsure if you can still treat yourself to your favourite massage, we’re here to give you the rundown on which spa treatments you can enjoy, and which you might want to avoid.
What to avoid…
Good news – a trip to the spa isn’t entirely off limits if you’re pregnant, but there a few precautions that you should take to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both you and your baby.
Tip: When planning your spa day, be sure to check with the spa ahead of time if a treatment is safe to have during pregnancy before you book. Your health is always the top priority of any spa, so if you’re not sure which treatments to book, they will always be happy to advise which ones are suitable.
- Heat: Anything that increases your body temperature significantly should be avoided during pregnancy. When your skin heats up, this can draw blood away from the placenta and potentially put your baby at risk, so be sure to avoid spa activities such as hot tubs, heated mud wraps, saunas and steam rooms.
- Certain massages: Massages can be great, but some should be avoided during pregnancy. For example, you might want to avoid working on points on the wrists and ankles that can cause cramping. Some therapists may also avoid having you lie on your back after the five month mark as this could make you feel faint. Before your treatment starts, always make sure you tell your massage therapist if you’re pregnant. This will enable them to adapt the massage and advise on the safest and most suitable techniques.
What to book…
Now we’ve covered what you should avoid, here are some of the spa treatments that you’re welcome to enjoy during pregnancy.
- Pregnancy massages: During pregnancy, you may experience some muscle or joint tension, making a massage the perfect solution. Many spas will offer a specialist pregnancy massage that will alleviate any aches and pains, while following all of the necessary precautions.
- Foot massages: Another massage that you might want to consider during pregnancy is a foot massage. If your feet are aching or tired from pregnancy, getting a massage can be effective in relieving pain and helping you relax.
- Facials: Skin treatments such as facials are another fantastic choice. It’ll help you relax and leave your skin feeling hydrated and radiant. If you find that your skin is particularly sensitive during pregnancy, let your therapist know and they will be able to use gentle products that suit your skin type. Some spas may even offer skin treatments that are tailored specifically towards pregnant women so will avoid using any potentially harmful products and ingredients. But if you’re not able to book a specialist pregnancy treatment, just make the spa aware that you’re pregnant and they will adapt the treatment for you.
- Aromatherapy: Some women find that aromatherapy treatments are especially effective during pregnancy. Treatments that use essential oils such as tangerine, neroli, lavender, frankincense and rose are particularly soothing and can be helpful in alleviating some of the discomfort that comes with pregnancy.
Between treatments you will also be able to make use of the spa’s other amenities such as the pool and some gentle exercise classes. Higher intensity workouts might be out of the question, but if you’d like to join in, just ask the spa which of their classes would be the most suitable.
Are you ready to book your spa day?
Taking some time out and spending a day at the spa can do wonders for your wellbeing during your pregnancy. If you’re planning on booking a treatment or two, why not check to see if any of your local spas are available through My Spa Pass?
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