Falling pregnant is a magical yet challenging time in a women’s life. While periods stop (yippee), it may seem like you’re faced with a million and one other obstacles you now need to take into account (boo).
Understandably because of this where do we immediately want to turn to ladies? To the spa!
The Halcyon Spa, Wiltshire is a sanctuary for lovely ladies who visit from all over the country and a frequent destination for pregnant women looking for some TLC.
I decided to ask Halcyon Spa Manager, Diane Frost, to share her five helpful tips for pregnant women looking to visit a spa.
Spa Advice for Pregnant Women
When pregnant, your skin becomes more sensitive which means that there are a few things which you need to take into account when choosing a facial.
It’s best to avoid treatments which are abrasive on the skin or contain pore refining chemicals. These can inflame the skin, cause rashes or endorse patchy dry skin.
Alongside this, it is advised to steer away from chemical peels and hot stones as these can also have side effects.
When choosing a facial, concentrate on treatments which are described as cooling, soothing, nourishing and do not contain high levels of acidic properties.
First thing is first, it is advised not to have any massage treatments before the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (after the first scan) as this increases the chances of it having side effects.
After this time, you should ensure the following when having a pregnancy massage; the treatment is around an hour long, natural oils are used, a pregnancy massage bed is provided or cushions.
Ensure you are vocal during the treatment about discomfort or any unusual feelings or tensions.
HOT TUBS, SAUNAS & STEAM ROOMS
All three of these are not recommended for use whilst pregnant. Hot tubs are out of bounds for pregnant women as the temperature of the water is often far too hot and could have significant consequences.
Saunas and steam rooms on the other hand are not advised as the nature of the steam and dry air at high temperatures can cause light headedness and cause migraines post-use.
Swimming is something which you can do without any significantly negative consequences.
In fact, swimming can be a great form of exercise and the water can help stabilise and re-balance the additional weight around your abdomen and allow you to rejuvenate and strengthen your muscles.
The only advice Spa Manager Diane would add is not to overdo it.
As mentioned above, swimming is one of the best forms of exercise whilst pregnant; however many mums still like to keep fit during pregnancy which is completely understandable.
Some of the best forms of exercise include brisk walking and tailored pregnancy classes like pregnancy yoga and pilates.