Pregnancy can really take a toll on your body. But taking the time to indulge in a bit of self-care can be relaxing and rewarding. Being pregnant doesn't mean that you have foregone spa services, in fact, many of the services can help reduce any swelling or stress that you may be experiencing. If you are ready for a spa day (at a spa service such as is offered by Luxor Nails And Spa), read on for what services are the most beneficial during pregnancy.
Massage during pregnancy can be beneficial for many reasons. The stress hormone cortisol is decreased so you can fully relax. Your blood flow can be increased to areas like your legs which may be sluggish from the added blood volume that naturally occurs during pregnancy. You can even lay on your stomach if your massage therapist has a table with a hole made to accommodate a pregnant belly.
If you find a therapist that specializes in prenatal massage, he or she may also be able to show you special massage techniques that can be taught to your partner to relax you during labor.
Body scrubs can be a great way to keep your skin in top shape during your pregnancy. By sloughing off the dead skin, your oils or moisturizers will be able to penetrate deeper, which can help prevent stretch marks. For added benefits, use a sugar scrub. It's all natural and it is also an emollient.
Pedicures can be a great way to restore circulation to tired legs and to bring relief to swollen feet and ankles. Plus, if you are having a hard time reaching your toes to cut or polish them, you can have somebody do it for you. In the last month of pregnancy when your feet don't fit into any of your shoes and you are wearing flip flips as much as possible, a pedicure can make you feel confident about your feet, even if you can't see them.
Spa Services To Avoid While Pregnant
The application of heat, even if it's not to the abdomen, can raise your body temperature too much to be safe for you and your baby.
Your nose and skin are much more sensitive during pregnancy. Essential oils can cause rashes or the scent may make you feel sick if they are used improperly. Massages often incorporate essential oils. It may be best to ask for massage oils that do not have any added scents.