How to Spa Safely When You’re Expecting
With a baby on the way, you might be worried about how a massage, facial, or body treatment might affect your pregnancy. Not to worry, there are lots of ways you can indulge in a blissful spa experience without having to stress about how your body could react. In fact, a tantalizing back massage, luxurious foot rub (or both!) might be just what the doctor ordered. If you’re dying for a spa day to ease pesky aches and pains, there are many ways to indulge safely without putting you or your growing baby at risk.
Firstly, make sure you inform the spa of your pregnancy when you’re making your appointment, and then again at the time of treatment. Reflexology is a popular type of massage technique, and while manipulating pressure points can feel amazing, certain pressure points can cause cramping, discomfort, or even premature contractions! Remember, if you’re not yet showing, your therapist will have no way of knowing that you’re expecting. So speak up to ensure that the spa can prepare accordingly.
While there is nothing wrong with laying on your stomach during the early stages of pregnancy, it can get quite uncomfortable and constrict your body’s blood flow after the fourth month. A normal prenatal massage will accommodate for your change in shape with pillows, wedges, and side body positioning to ensure you can relax and enjoy the massage.
For many women, the fluctuation in hormone levels that comes with pregnancy can make the skin react. If you suddenly find yourself suffering from breakouts or dryness, you’ll be happy to know that a gentle facial is a wonderful treatment to enjoy when you’re expecting. A soothing facial treatment will calm irritated pores, rebalance the oil in the skin and give you a gorgeous glow.
It’s important to note that some women find that their skin gets much more sensitive when they are pregnant. While a gentle facial is fine, you might want to skip peels, microdermabrasion, or any other intense exfoliating treatments that could cause you irritation and pain. Remember, the body goes through incredible changes during pregnancy, which means that some of the things you normally enjoy might end up causing you unexpected discomfort.
While most spa treatments can be modified to accommodate pregnant women, there are a few things you’ll want to avoid completely. When you’re expecting you’ll want to stay away from heated treatments, as well as spa facilities such as saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs. Pregnant women never want their core temperature to get hotter than normal as this makes the blood vessels dilate, drawing blood away from the placenta. Hot stone massages or heated body wraps are best avoided until after the baby comes too. When in doubt, be sure to contact your spa to find out if they specialize pre-natal massages and spa treatments.
At Body by Brooklyn, our pregnancy massages are some of our most popular treatments, and we love treating moms-to-be with some much needed “me time”. If you’re expecting, we’d love to indulge you too. We look forward to seeing you at the spa!