There’s nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than taking a trip to the spa and when you are pregnant, this is what you are told to do.  But can you combine a visit to the day spa with being pregnant?  The answer is yes, although advise the spa that you are pregnant so they can make necessary adjustments or offer specialist pregnancy treatments.

When to visit a day spa when pregnant

The timing of visiting the spa is important – and this refers to the timing of your pregnancy rather than a timing of the day.  For example, it is generally best to go to the spa when you are in your second trimester.  By this point, you are usually over the worst of the morning sickness and are past that 12-week fragile period.  You are also still at the stage where your belly isn’t too round so different positions are still comfortable.

You need to tell the spa you are pregnant and at what stage.  For example, some treatments are not suitable if you are less than 12 weeks or over 32 weeks.  The spa will be able to keep you right and ensure you have a great time.

Manicures and pedicures when pregnant

Lots of women love a good mani-pedi and there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy them when you are pregnant but there are a few tips to help you.

For starters, avoid anything that contains substances like toluene, phthalates and formaldehyde.  These shouldn’t cause harm at the doses included in something like nail varnish, but it is best not to take a chance.  Look for brands or products that are safe for pregnant women.

Also ensure you have any treatment in a well-ventilated room.  If you are worried about any of the products, simply go for a clean, tidy and nail re-shaping instead.

Massage when pregnant

Massage is ideal for easing those aches and pains and to help with stress but again, there are tips to make sure you have a pregnancy-safe massage.

Don’t have any kind of abdominal massage during your first trimester and in the second or third, ensure you are on your side with support.  Avoid deep-tissue massage of your belly.  Always tell the masseur what point you are in your pregnancy as this lets them adjust the massage and also factor in with things like aromatherapy oils they might use.

Other spa treatments

There are also a few other spa treatments you can enjoy when you are pregnant.  In fact, you can even get pre-natal packages that put together the best treatments for a pregnant lady.

Some of the best spa treatments during pregnancy including facials, foot soaks and massages, hydrotherapy pool sessions and swimming.  You can have head, arm and leg massages and gentle exercises and even firming treatments.

You should avoid the hot tub or steam room while pregnancy along with the tanning bed and the sauna as you will find you are generally warmer than normal to start with.  Also take care with any contraindicated oils which include basil, cedarwood, rosemary and peppermint. The team at Cecily Day Spa in Berkhamsted offer treatments specifically for pregnancy so take advantage of some down time and let the healing properties of the spa revive you.

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