We all like to be pampered and this is especially true during pregnancy.
The second trimester is a good time to go to a spa or a salon or beauty parlour when your energy levels should be at their highest. Miscarriage or going into early labour are less likely by this stage and hopefully all traces of morning sickness will have gone.
You must ALWAYS tell the spa you are pregnant when booking in. You may want to check with them that they are experienced in looking after pregnant women.
So what is safe at the spa? Here’s our run-down on the do’s and don’ts of pampering while pregnant…
Swollen ankles and feet are a common side effect of pregnancy so a foot massage is the perfect way to ease away the strains of carrying around that extra weight.
By the third trimester many mums-to-be can’t even see their feet so a pedicure is practical as well as enjoyable.
Facials are a surprisingly good way to relax and if you don’t like the idea of taking all your clothes off for a massage this could be a good option for you.
Some women find that during pregnancy their skin becomes prone to spots or dryness (or an annoying combination of both) so a soothing facial can help bring back the bloom.
Massages while pregnant can ease stiff shoulders, hips or aching backs – a common pregnancy symptom.
The action of massage also releases feel-good, pain-relieving endorphins to leave you feeling well and relaxed.
Even if your chosen spa offers specially designed massages for mums-to-be you still should check that the therapist is experienced in dealing with pregnant women.
Always tell your masseuse if you have any particularly sore areas or if anything they do feels uncomfortable.
They should be able to provide you with extra pillows or padding so you can get in a comfortable position for your massage. You should be able to request your massage sitting in a chair if this suits you best.
Heat treatments (including saunas, steam rooms, tanning beds and hot tubs) as these could make you feel faint, plus any increase in your body temperature could affect your circulation causing problems with the flow of nutrients to your baby. Only use a hydrotherapy pool if the temperature is 35 degrees C or less.
If you have been prone to sensitive skin during your pregnancy make sure that all creams and lotions used on you are for sensitive skin. If time allows, do a patch test beforehand.
Avoid anything that contains retinoid. This is a type of vitamin A that speeds up cell division but it can harm unborn babies when they are over-exposed to it.
Some chemicals in nail polish can be harmful to you and your baby if you're regularly exposed to them. Ask the manicurist if she has nail polish that's free of formaldehyde and toluene, and make sure the room is well-ventilated. Or have a pedicure/manicure without the polish.