Pregnancy is a wonderful time filled with anticipation, excitement and changes that can leave women feeling a little less than glamorous. Bloating, body aches, fatigue and swelling are common during the months of pregnancy, making it the perfect time to indulge in spa services to enhance well-being.
Picking the Perfect Spa Package
Most spa services are perfectly safe for pregnant women. But talking with your healthcare provider beforehand is always a good idea. You will want to avoid toxic chemicals and high temperatures during this time. Additionally, let your spa technician know you are pregnant, even if you are just having a manicure. He or she may have services designed exclusively for pregnant women. Relax, unwind and enjoy a few of your favorite indulgences to combat the following conditions:
- Breakouts—During pregnancy, fluctuating hormones may cause your skin to get irritated and splotchy with a few blemishes. But a hydrating facial is a perfect option to create a glowing complexion of calm. Think sea salt and olive oil or a gentle clay mask. This is not the time for a harsh exfoliation, such as a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, so be sure to have a conversation with your aesthetician.
- Sore back—Because you are carrying a little more weight in the front of your body, you may be putting extra pressure and strain on the lower back. A gentle rubdown by an experienced massage therapist can be very restorative. A massage therapist certified in prenatal massage will understand how to properly modify his or her techniques to accommodate pregnancy. For example, instead of lying on your stomach, you may be directed to rest on your side with a pillow instead.
- Swollen feet—Pedicures are a perfect antidote to puffy feet. Your nail technician may improve circulation with an extended foot rub and slough off dead skin with a natural, moisturizing scrub. Swollen feet could also be a sign of elevated blood pressure, so check with your physician if you experience this issue.
If you would rather rejuvenate in the comfort of home, consider long bubble baths with Epsom salts, or ask your partner to give you a foot rub.