Pregnancy changes a lot of things. Besides all the physical changes, you probably feel more tired, stressed, and fatigued than normal. Thus, it is no surprise that you might be tempted to indulge in some TLC. And what can be more relaxing than a pleasing massage? However, are spa treatments during pregnancy safe? Here’s a useful list of do’s and don’ts.
- DO NOT expose yourself to high temperatures – that’s the ground rule. Hot saunas and other similar spa treatments must be avoided, especially if you will experience temperature beyond 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
- DO NOT use any strong chemicals or oils. You may want to try aromatherapy or massages with essential oils. However, the effects of these substances on the fetus are not known. Also, if you have asthma or allergies, you need to be extra careful.
- Always ensure that the spa center or parlor is well ventilated. Other ladies may be receiving strong treatments in the same room or general area where you are. Avoid inhaling those chemicals and oils.
- General beauty treatments are known to be safe. For example, you should have no concerns with makeup and hair treatments.
- If you are keen on getting a massage to ease lower backache, ask if the spa has a prenatal therapist. Some do and such specialist is preferable. Acupuncture and other invasive treatments should be performed by a certified professional under appropriate hygienic conditions.
- Be careful with facials. Only get a natural facial that does not use extreme chemicals nor retinoid. Retinoids (vitamin A) are highly harmful to your fetus!
- In general, manicures and pedicures are safe, as long as the equipment used is sterilized.
- Only use non-heat based treatments. Heat based treatments, such as whirlpools, spa baths, and hot tubs, are not recommended during pregnancy and should be avoided at all costs.
Why you must talk to your doctor before going to a spa
As mentioned above, the use of spa treatments and aromatherapy during pregnancy is subject to controversies. Because much of what you will read online is not true, you should always talk to your doctor before attending a spa session. Keep in mind that your body is different than that of any other pregnant woman. Some women may have used massages without any problems, while others cannot stand the smell of extreme oils. It all depends on your health and other individual factors. You doctor is the best person to explain what may work for you and what could harm your fetus. Don’t shy away from asking questions.
In summary, basic natural treatments are usually considered safe as long as you are not exposed to strong chemicals. If you are considering beauty treatments like hair coloring, read on this subject here. Your doctor can also give a list of do’s and don’ts in advance.