Many people treasure their days at the spa. Whether accustomed to indulging regularly, or as a special occasion treat, a spa day can be a source of relaxation and rejuvenation. Spas offer a range of services which may include a variety of water therapies, massage, exercise, beauty regimens, and meals that are a welcome addition to one’s self-care.
Many women take added steps to improve their health regime and keep stress levels down during pregnancy. A day at the spa seems like a suitable fit. However, just like adjustments and restrictions are made to diet and exercise, there are health factors to consider before visiting a spa. Every pregnancy is different, so it’s important to consult with a physician to determine what treatments are safe for your pregnancy.
What your body can tolerate during pregnancy varies from person to person and from pregnancy to pregnancy. One resounding piece of staple advice stands true for all pregnancies though. You should avoid hot spa treatments like saunas, hot wraps, steam rooms, hot tubs, tanning beds, and jacuzzis. According to an article in pregnancy e-zine The Bump, heat treatments can elevate the body temperature too much, which can put both mother and baby at risk.
Spaseekers agrees, and also cautions that women seeking massage during pregnancy should avoid any contact to their abdomen during the first trimester. In fact, it’s ideal to ask if the spa has a licensed prenatal massage therapist on site. It’s also a good idea to ask which oils your masseuse plans to use for your massage or diffuse in your massage room. Throughout pregnancy, steer away from potentially harmful essential oils including basil, cedarwood, peppermint, cinnamon, and rosemary. The same considerations apply to any additional treatments such as facials, body wraps, aesthetic treatments, bathing products, etc. Common spa ingredients like sage, mugwort, tarragon, and wintergreen can contribute to miscarriage. When in doubt, ask if you can bring your own safe products from home.
Even something as routine as a manicure or pedicure should be treated with a little added care. Simple things like asking if the water temperature on a pedi pre-soak can be lowered to warm or lukewarm or advising the aesthetician that you are pregnant will ensure you have an enjoyable and safe experience. WhatToExpect offers some great tips about — well — tips, by suggesting that artificial manicures be staved off during pregnancy and making sure to choose a salon that is well-ventilated, to minimize exposure to overall chemical fumes.
Have you been invited to a spa getaway with the girls for a special occasion? There is no reason not to go, and you don’t need to feel shy about cramping everyone’s style. For friends and family who are inviting a pregnant guest, some advanced planning can really help. Plan your treatments around small groups. While three of you are getting the sauna and hot wraps, another few can be getting massages or hair treatments. Everyone can enjoy the treatments they want, and no one has to feel left out.
So feel free to pamper yourself! You deserve to feel great. With a few adjustments, you can fully embrace your spa day. Who knows? The tweaks you make to accommodate your pregnancy may lead you to discover new treatments to enjoy!