How to Safely Enjoy Spa Treatments with Your Baby Bump

If there’s one thing that mums-to-be are constantly advised to do it’s relax and take it easy, and let’s face it: there’s no better way to truly chill out than visiting a spa when pregnant! Just because you are with baby, a spa is most definitely not off-limits and is one of the best ways to enjoy some valuable me-time.

However, it’s important to take precautions to ensure that both you and your bump are comfortable and safe during your nurturing spa treatments when pregnant and the best spas even offer specialist spa treatments for pregnant ladies.

We have put together a useful guide on how to enjoy spa treatments when pregnant, including tips on treatments you should avoid, advice about when to visit and ideas on what is included in the best prenatal spa packages. 

 

When Can I Visit the Spa? 

“I love it. It makes me feel like a woman. It makes me feel that all the things about my body…Also I’m fortunate, I happen to be with somebody who finds pregnancy very sexy. So that makes me feel very sexy.” - Angelina Jolie

During pregnancy, it is vital that you take time out to look after yourself, which in turn will also nurture your unborn baby. It’s common for expectant mothers to suffer from all kinds of aches and pains where you didn’t even know you could hurt, and soothing the stress and tension you are feeling with a prenatal spa day is essential to safeguard you and your bump’s wellbeing.

So, when should you indulge in some time at the spa?

By far the best time to enjoy some pre-natal me-time by visiting a spa when pregnant is during your second trimester and here’s why:

  • You should be over the worst of the morning sickness
  • Your belly is not so large that it is uncomfortable to sit or lay in certain positions
  • You are past the fragile first 12-week period

It is important to inform the spa how far along you are, as some treatments are not available to women who are less than 12 weeks pregnant or more than 32 weeks, and this will allow them to personalise your prenatal spa day according to your needs. You can also find somewhere that offers couple spa treatments, so you can share the pampering session with your partner to help you both to relax before the impending introduction into parenthood. 

 

Can I Get a Mani-Pedi While Pregnant? 

“Some days I feel like everyone in my world has plugged themselves into my kidneys. I'm so tired.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

Just because you’re sporting a baby bump, it doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel great while you do it!

Manicures and pedicures are great to help you to look and feel fresh again. However, there are some precautions that you should take when it comes to which varnishes you use.

  • We recommend that you avoid using varnish with harmful chemicals in, namely toluene, phthalates and formaldehyde
  • Many top varnish brands such as OPI and Zoya offer products that are considered to be safe for pregnant women, as they are free from chemical nasties

While toluene, phthalates and formaldehyde do indeed pose a danger to you and your baby, the amount that is present in nail varnish is extremely unlikely to cause any harm at all. So, using polish that is free from these toxins is simply an advisable safety precaution that many pregnant women and spas choose to take.

It is also a good idea to ensure that the room is ventilated well, so speak to the nail technician before your appointment to ask about the setup of the room during your prenatal spa day.

And if you are still concerned about exposing your baby to any type of nail varnish, you can simply have your nails cleaned, tidied and re-shaped. 

 

Is the Sauna Off-Limits During Pregnancy? 

“People always say that pregnant women have a glow. And I say it’s because you’re sweating to death.” - Jessica Simpson

Can you go in a hot tub when pregnant? The short answer is no.

One of the few indulgencies found in a spa that is strictly off-limits to pregnant women is a sauna. In fact, anything that causes your body to get too hot such as a hot tub or Jacuzzi shouldn’t be used at any stage during your pregnancy, as the risk of overheating is high and can be harmful to you and your baby.

Taking a dip in a warm bath however can be extremely relaxing and is perfectly safe and many modern spas have hydrotherapy pools that are ideal for pregnant women to rest in, as well as warm rooms and beds called tepidariums and laconiums that don’t pose any danger.

We recommend that you check the following with a staff member before indulging in a warm soak or room:

  • Check that the air/water temperature is 35°C or below
  • If you are exercising in water, ensure that the temperature does not exceed 32°C

Getting in a sauna, jacuzzi or hot tub when pregnant are some of the few activities that should be avoided … 

 

What Spa Treatments Are Best for Me & My Bump

“Being pregnant is kind of like a sedative… everything’s just chill. - Jessica Alba

There are lots of wonderful treatments that you and your bump can enjoy together and remember that you need to take good care of yourself during pregnancy, as this nurturing goodness will filter through to your baby.

As there are no guarantees about how your body will react to pregnancy – with some women experiencing morning sickness deep into the third trimester and others not suffering from sickness at all – it can be hard to recommend prenatal spa packages that will suit everyone.

For Example: Some women may find a facial beneficial to nourish dry skin, why others with swollen ankles will prefer a soothing leg massage to reduce swelling.

Below are a few ideas of the different types of therapies that are safe and popular in prenatal spa breaks:

  • Specialist pregnancy massages
  • Facials
  • Foot soaks
  • Foot massages
  • Hydrotherapy pool sessions
  • Swimming
  • Head, arm and leg massages
  • Firming treatments
  • Manicures/pedicures with chemical-free varnish (see the mani-pedi section above for details)
  • Gentle exercises

Massage is a wonderful way to ease aches and pains, and it is also an effective way to combat stress and worry about your imminent new arrival. Being pregnant simply means you will need to get a certain type of massage, so you will need to inform your therapist that you are with baby as well as tell them which stage of the pregnancy you are at. 

 

Tips for Prenatal Spa Treatments 

Reflexology 

If your treatment includes any reflexology therapy, it’s vital to ensure that the therapist knows you are pregnant as they will need to avoid certain pressure points on your ankles and wrists that can cause you to cramp.

Positioning 

You can lay on your stomach to get a specialist pregnancy treatment as it is completely safe. However, many women find this position uncomfortable so work with your therapist to establish the best position for you according to your comfort.

If you are 20+ weeks into your pregnancy, your blood pressure can be prone to dropping if you lay on your back for long periods of time, so it is advisable to lay on your side and the therapist will support your new shape with pillows.

What to Avoid 

Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, tanning beds, saunas, reflexology and treatments that use contraindicated aromatherapy oils. 

 

Talk to Your Therapist 

We can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure you inform your therapist about how far along you are in your pregnancy before you commence with any treatment, to allow them to create a personalised prenatal spa package to ensure ultimate safety and comfort for both you and your bump. 

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