Pregnancy and Medicinal Spas – Top Treatments

Pregnancy is the perfect time to relax and unwind, and many expectant mothers take advantage of this special spot in their lives to indulge in luxurious pampering treats. But while it may be tempting to pamper yourself with massages, facials, and other spa treatments whenever possible, make sure you only go for those that are specifically recommended for pregnant women.

Your skin can be much more sensitive when you are pregnant and you may be more sensitive to pain. For example, waxing your legs might sound like a great idea – but the last 10 times it turned out to be excruciatingly painful, despite being relatively painless.

The vast majority of pregnant women suffer from pregnancy-related physical complaints such as back pain, muscle tension, bloating and even foot cramps. While there are many medical spa treatments that can remedy such problems, some are not recommended for expectant mothers and may even be downright dangerous for the unborn child.

If you think you might benefit from a point of indulging in pregnancy, don’t leave your health and your baby’s health to chance. While the vast majority of medical spas are aware of what is safe for expectant mothers, not all are. Remember, when it comes to brass nails, it’s your responsibility to play it safe.

Steer Straight

Here is a list of suitable treatments for pregnant women:

* Facial care. Facials that aren’t too invasive or that don’t use harsh chemicals or peels are considered safe. Try the Elemis Spa facial or one of your favorite skincare professionals like Decleor or Clarins. If you are pregnant, natural and organic products without strong chemicals are best.

* Massages. Most massages are good for pregnancy, but some women may find lying on their back very uncomfortable. See if you can find a medical spa with a custom massage table cut to fit your fist! However, keep in mind that some massage oils such as juniper, sage, and surprisingly even peppermint are not recommended for use during pregnancy.

* Hair removal with wax. You may find this more painful than usual (see below), as most women have an increased sensitivity to pain while pregnant. But getting rid of leg waxing, armpit waxing and even that hairy bikini line is considered good during pregnancy. You wouldn’t want your obstetrician to see you with hairy legs, would you? And try to do it yourself in the eighth month…

* Pedicure or manicure. A simple mani or pedi is fine. However, some people believe that having fake nails or extensions can be dangerous for the unborn child due to the chemicals used.

* Reflexology. This form of foot massage can be very relaxing for some women, but it is important to let your reflexologist know that you are pregnant. The rule of thumb is to not seek treatment during the first trimester or if you have placenta previa (low-lying placenta) or hydroaminos, or excess amniotic fluid after 32 weeks of pregnancy. It’s also not good for women who are at risk for deep vein thrombosis or preeclampsia, or who have given birth prematurely.

* Acupuncture. This ancient needle art is widely used to treat morning sickness and to make expectant mothers feel more comfortable overall. It is considered safe for three trimesters, but you should still inform your acupuncturist that you are pregnant. Some acupuncturists like to wait the first six weeks.


Here are treatments that are not suitable for pregnant women:

* Hair removal involving bleaches or other depilatory creams. Chemicals are not recommended as they can be absorbed by your body.

* Electrolysis. While most practitioners agree that it is safe to have this hair removal done on your face during pregnancy, avoid getting this hair removal done on your body and especially the nipple area for the last few weeks! Also, keep in mind that during pregnancy there may be excessive hair growth, which will disappear after the baby is born.

* Chemical peeling and dermabrasion. It is assumed that the strong chemicals used could enter your bloodstream and harm the unborn child.

* Teeth whitening/permanent make-up application. No one knows if these are completely safe as there isn’t enough research done, so it’s best to avoid them.

* Saunas, steam rooms and very hot jacuzzis. Stay away from the heat while pregnant – these types of spa treatments may sound tempting, but they are considered potentially harmful to your unborn child as they can raise your body temperature to dangerously high levels. Warm mud or seaweed wraps etc. same for.

* Dermal fillers etc. Treatments involving any type of injection, such as This is dangerous as the substance has the potential to actually reach and harm the fetus.

* Laser treatments. Stay away from lasers while pregnant – just in case. Most spas that offer laser treatments of any kind do not accept pregnant women anyway.

* Solarium. Except for the risk of overheating; A melanoma can spread across the placenta and thus affect your unborn child.

* Tattooing. Because your skin will change during pregnancy, you may not recognize the tattoo you got while pregnant after giving birth! Also, the risk of unsterilized needles makes it a no-no.

* Hair dyes or chemical straightening techniques etc. It’s best to wait until after giving birth.

top tips

* Remember that your skin can be much more sensitive when you are pregnant and you may be more sensitive to pain. For example, waxing your legs might sound like a great idea – but the last 10 times it turned out to be excruciatingly painful, despite being relatively painless.

* Many spas prefer to play it safe when preparing meals for pregnant women. Some suggest that women do not receive treatment until at least the 12th week of pregnancy, and others limit treatments to women who are more than 32 weeks pregnant. If you need some pampering in your first trimester, get a simple manicure or facial and then a massage.

* If it is not obvious that you are pregnant, tell your practitioner, trainer or beauty therapist. It is better for them to decide what is safe for you because they know everything about a particular treatment or procedure.

Being pregnant is a great time to concentrate on yourself and your changing body. It’s also a great time to pamper yourself with pampering treatments, as you won’t have time to take advantage of a quiet, peaceful spa, especially when little Junior makes his way into the world kicking his little head and screaming. So enjoy while you can – but play it safe!

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