All right, let’s be honest; pregnancy is far from the easiest time of life. For women who are expecting, it can be a tiring, emotionally draining and – at times – sickly experience (it’s far from all bad too, though, of course – least of all what it’s hopefully leading to). However, one way for a mum-to-be to relax and alleviate the trials and tribulations of pregnancy is to book a session at a quality spa they know they can rely on. A spa visit can not only help to ease aches and pains in different parts of the body, but help relieve stress, tension and aid in delivering a good night’s sleep – at least now and again.
Moreover, as a number of women claim their confidence drops sometimes during pregnancy (perhaps often due to body image issues), such a day out can help boost self-esteem and, frankly, make them feel better, healthier and happier at a point when it’s really beneficial to them. In which case then, here are some do’s and don’ts for visiting a spa when you’re with child, so to speak…
Relax and have a massage
Don’t be afraid of having a massage; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having one once you’re a fair way into your pregnancy. Indeed, although many spas refuse to offer massages to mums-to-be until they reach their second trimester (week 13 on wards), by then if you’ve an aching back and have poor swollen ankles, you’ll probably adore the treatment!
Maintain your glow with a facial
So you’re pregnant – so what? That doesn’t mean you can’t still glow. Or at least fake it. Indulging in a facial will bring out the radiance of your skin and make you feel great. And, as your skin may be more sensitive than normal, you’d be advised to opt for gentler, generally more organic facial products, which may well make you feel a little better and prouder of yourself too.
Oils aren’t essential – but why not?
Why not try aromatherapy? Being pregnant, there are some plant oils you shouldn’t go near even with a bargepole – the likesof rosemary, jasmine,peppermint andnutmeg, of which you might well already be aware – but there are other essential oils that you could find particularly helpful in aiding you dealing not just with aches and pains, but also nausea. For instance,mandarin, neroli and frankincense are noted as sometimes helping to calm symptoms related to pregnancy.
Don’t just lie there – ask questions!
All right, while it’s nice to forget that baby bump for a little while and bask in the loveliness of being indulged, it’s also a good idea to not give yourself over entirely to passivism. If anything occurs to you that you’d like to know during your spa visit when pregnant– or if you’re meaning to ask something you’ve wondered on for some time – don’t hesitate to do so. Therapists, especially those at a highly reputed establishment such as the Montcalm hotel spa, are professional trained experts; they’re there to keep you informed and should definitely have the answers.
Plus, as you get further into your pregnancy, it’ll inevitably become less practical to pop out for a massage or a facial, so why not ask about treatments you can give yourself at home – yes, we’re talking the likes of DIY facials and foot scrubs, meditation ideas and beauty smoothies here. Sound good, don’t they?
Request non-harmful varnish
There’s nothing inherently wrong with having either a manicure or a pedicure at your chosen spa, of course, but be careful if your request and/ or accept nail varnish as part of the deal. Many varnishes feature ingredients that boast potentially harmful chemicals for pregnant women and their babies (to be specific, formaldehyde and toluene); better to be safe than sorry, so if you’re up for varnish, make sure the nail technician applies one without these chemicals.
Don’t go fake
Again, when it comes to spray tans, it’s probably for the best to apply the better safe than sorry rule here as well. There’s no conclusive evidence to suggest dihydroxyacetone– the active ingredient in fake tan – could be harmful to baby but, especially as you’re likely to inhale some of it as well as have it sprayed on your skin, do you really want to risk it?
Keep cool – if you can
You’re sure to be aware that it’s best not to raise your body temperature too much – or too unexpectedly – as this could negatively impact the blood circulation to your baby. This means, unfortunately then, that it’s best to give a hot tub, Jacuzzi or sauna a wide berth; however, tempting they may look.
Women wot lunch – healthily…
Finally, remember to be semi-vigilant (at least) beyond just the spa treatments – that is, eat as you should when it comes to enjoying a lunch or snacks if you’ve decided to indulge in either at the spa or in the hotel where the spa’s located. As a pregnant woman, it’s pretty unlikely you wouldn’t be aware of what’s on your foods-to-avoid list, but just in case… unpasteurized milk, reduced caffeine, mayonnaise and eggs (under cooked) and some cheeses are all things you’d be best steering clear of.