All expectant mums deserve a spot of pampering from time to time. This is why we’ve put together this guide to answer some of the most commonly asked questions that crop up around the spa and pregnancy.
Indulge in some of the most luxurious pamper packages with the peace of mind that you and your baby are in the safest of hands.
Can I go to the spa during pregnancy?
Of course! Spas are certainly not off-limits during pregnancy. In fact, they are often encouraged, as long as you steer clear of some of the facilities and treatments on offer.
For example, heat facilities such as steam rooms, saunas and Jacuzzis that can cause you to overheat. These are not recommended for mums-to-be and it is important that you stay cool. If at any point during your visit you are unsure about using anything, just ask. The spa staff will be happy to help and will be fully aware of what to recommend.
The safest time for you to visit the spa during pregnancy is during your second trimester. Many spas will even suggest that you don’t have certain treatments until you are at least 12 weeks.
Are spa treatments safe when pregnant?
Some are, some aren’t but don’t panic – here’s the main things to be aware of before you book yourself in.
Treatments to avoid in the first trimester
- Body Wraps
- Full Body Scrubs
- Full Body Massages
- Hair Colouring
These treatments are not recommended in your first 12 weeks of pregnancy due to the miscarriage rate is much higher during this period.
If you are planning on keeping your pregnancy a secret until the second trimester, it’s a good idea to make an exception for the spa staff. It's a good idea to let them know you’re expecting a baby before your visit. This way, they’ll make extra sure that the treatment you are enquiring about is safe.
Try to hold off colouring your hair in the first trimester too. The chemicals used in hair dye can be dangerous so it’s best to avoid it coming into contact with your scalp.
Treatments to avoid throughout your pregnancy
Aromatherapy treatments that involve essential oils are not advised when you are pregnant. This is due to the risk of the oils transferring through the skin and potentially harming the baby.
It’s best to stick to treatments using plain oils such as Bio Oil. However, it's a good idea to consult your therapist who will be able to inform you about safe ingredients.
We mentioned before that certain spa facilities are no-go areas for pregnant women. You should also be aware that the same goes for some other treatments. Mud baths, seaweed wraps and tanning beds will raise the body’s core temperature. These again should be avoided due to the risk of overheating.
Hair removal treatments are generally safe during pregnancy although, the skin is much more sensitive. This can make the process be a little more painful, which is the last thing you want! It is recommended that you stick to waxing as opposed to bleach/chemical removal procedures. These ingredients can be absorbed into the skin that can cause issues. If electrolysis is your treatment of choice, try and wait until after your pregnancy to continue, just to be on the safe side.
- Bio Oil - £19.99
- Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter - £23.50
- The Works Baby Sleep Pillow Spray - £23.00
- Pregnacare Original Vitamins and Minerals - £11.69
- Champneys Blissful Room Spray - £10.00
- Lush Peace Massage Bar - £6.95
What are the best spa treatments during pregnancy?
One of the most beneficial times for a massage is during pregnancy. It will really help you relax and give you peace of mind. Here are some main reasons why women find them so worthwhile:
- Massages are a great way to ease the aches and pains that arise as a result of your growing baby.
- They can also encourage blood circulation, which will ease any nervous tension that could be preventing a good night's sleep.
- Any anxiety/depression that comes along with inevitable hormonal changes can be reduced by a suitable massage treatment
- Spa treatments will help you feel completely relaxed and comfortable. Stimulating the body releases endorphins – something that every tired mum-to–be is sure to appreciate!
It is advised that you opt for special prenatal massages, which are offered at most major spas. Experts will accommodate you by recommending different positions. Sitting down, lying on your side or semi-reclining will help promote the most comfortable treatment possible.
Many spas will also provide special massage tables with a hole cut out of it to prevent pressure on your bump!
The masseuse will be thoroughly trained in the best methods to use. Depending on what stage you’re at in your pregnancy, the treatment will be completely tailored to your needs.
Many spas also offer pamper packages specifically for mums-to-be. To have a look at the different amazing spa treatments you can get during you pregnancy, click here!