Secrets of the spa: spas and pregnancy

We are often asked if spa services are safe during pregnancy.

The answer is yes, but depending on what stage of pregnancy a woman is in, there are certain limitations on what treatments she can have.

Here are my top tips for how to spa while pregnant.

Call ahead

When you book your service, let the spa know you are pregnant. That way, they can guide you to the most suitable treatment for your stage in pregnancy.

Stay cool

Jacuzzis, heated mud wraps, saunas and steam rooms or other treatments that raise your body temperature significantly are strictly off-limits during any stage of pregnancy because when your skin heats up, blood is drawn away from the placenta. Even as little as 10 minutes with a heated treatment can increase the chances of a preterm labour.

Get a message

Massages are the perfect choice during pregnancy. In addition to easing aches and pains, a massage will also help to hydrate your expanding skin during pregnancy. Always notify your massage provider that you are pregnant and how far along you are.

The Spa at Seafire's prenatal massage is available to women who are 13 weeks pregnant or beyond.

Avoid peels, skin scrubs and waxing 

A pregnant woman's skin is generally more sensitive than usual, so it is best to avoid any harsh scrubs and chemical peels.

Waxing is never a pleasant experience and although it is perfectly safe during pregnancy, the increased sensitivity of your skin can make it even more painful.

Facials are fine

Facials are a wonderful way to relax and keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy. A gentle facial is fine during pregnancy, even with the increased sensitivity of your skin.

Pamper your nails 

Pedicures and manicures are great during pregnancy. Pedicures can help soothe the aches of tired feet bearing the extra weight of pregnancy.

Some pregnant women worry about the use of nail varnish because of the chemicals contained in polishes. These chemicals often include formaldehyde, toluene and phthalates, the last of which has been linked to damage to a developing baby's reproductive system and an increased risk of asthma and cancer. Although these chemicals are unlikely to cause your baby any harm at the levels at which they are present in nail varnish, you may want to avoid them completely or use alternative polishes. The Spa at Seafire uses Dazzle Dry nail polish, which not only dries solid in five minutes, but it also contains none of the chemicals listed above.

Spa at Seafire

The Spa at Seafire offers a comfortable pregnancy massage cushion that is popular with moms-to-be. It offers perfect positioning to accommodate your blossoming new shape.

Anneka Greenway is the spa manager at the Spa at Seafire at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa.

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This article appears in print in the September 2021 edition of Camana Bay Times.

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