Pregnancy is a blessing, but it's also a huge physical challenge for some people. Growing a tiny human inside your body can cause all sorts of aches and pains, so naturally, new moms want a little bit of pampering.
While the first thing that springs to mind is a trip to a spa, there are some things to be wary of. Not every treatment is safe for pregnant women. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe when you wind, according to The Health Site.
Don't get a massage in your first trimester. Everyone loves a massage. There's nothing quite like zoning out in a room full of candles and being taken care of for an hour, but if you're pregnant you need to be extra cautious.
The first trimester is a vital time for you and your baby. It's also the most sensitive. Experts suggest avoiding massages during this time period. The second trimester is considered better, but try locating a spa that has specialized massages for pregnant women. The more experienced the masseuse is, the better.
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Stay out of the sauna and Jacuzzi. The thought of those delightful jets pounding your sore muscles might sound heavenly, but it's a big no-no. A pregnant woman typically has higher body temperatures thanks to the extra hormones flying around their bodies.
Adding heat can be dangerous for you and your baby, as you may be more prone to fainting spells. Even when taking a bath the temperature shouldn't be higher than 35 degrees Celsius, say professionals.
Say yes to foot soaks. Those poor tootsies bear all the weight of carrying an extra person, so they need some loving. As long as you're careful about the temperature of the water, then this is an ideal pregnancy treatment.
Epson salts can be absorbed by your feet, so throw some of those in, too. On the other hand, it's important to note that this treatment isn't suitable for diabetics.
Be careful with manicures. If you want your nails done, then there's no real reason that this should affect pregnancy. Just be careful of the fumes that the chemicals can give off.
Some spas have small rooms for nail treatments, but it's not good to be in such a confined space. If you just can't live without a fresh set, ask your manicurist to keep the room well-ventilated.