As many of you may know, pregnancy can be a magical time; your body giving life to a tiny, beautiful and unique human being. However, as with most things in life, the upside is also accompanied by a downside; aches, pains and soreness as your body begins to adapt to the growth of the baby.
However, you don’t need to suffer in silence. There is an increasingly diverse range of beauty and massage treatments especially designed for pregnant women. I am going to give you 5 tips to ensure the beauty and massage treatments you receive are the best for both you and your baby.
1) Go Organic
In the same way that you wouldn’t eat or drink something which could harm you or your baby, you should take the same precautions with the beauty products you choose. Most cosmetics use small quantities of unhealthy chemicals in them. Though unlikely to have any impact on your baby unless used in large quantities, it is my opinion that organic beauty products, regardless of whether you are pregnant or not, are much better for your skin, wellbeing and the environment. The range of organic beauty and wellbeing products available from Spiezia are something I highly recommend and use in my own salon.
2) Treat yourself to a bespoke pregnancy massage
Many beauty and massage therapists now offer specialist pregnancy massages. Whole body massages can help you sink into a state of relaxation and tranquility; slow smooth massage techniques can help alleviate those aches and pains and help prevent the development of stretch marks. A masseuse who uses organic massage oils will be preferable, and should leave you even more warm and glowing than you already feel.
3) Do it on your side!
Some massage therapists will offer a massage on specially designed massage table; where a hole is cut out for your bump. My advice is to stay well away from these, as it can lead to tension being put upon your lower back and can result in an uncomfortable massage. This is not what we want! A good pregnancy masseuse will massage you on your side; it will result in you feeling safe, comfortable and relaxed and will not put any unnecessary strain on your body.
4) What stage of pregnancy can I have a treatment/massage?
Speak to your beautician/masseuse as different treatments will vary upon the stage of pregnancy. Until you reach the twelve week stage of pregnancy, massage is not suitable. There is no limit to when you can have a massage in the latter stages of pregnancy.
A good beautician/masseuse will be able to advise you on what you can or can’t do, and why. If they seem that they are unsure about the answers they are giving you then it maybe that you should look for a professional who has a good understanding of treatments during pregnancy.
5) Use beauty and massage treatments after pregnancy!
What better way to relax and be pampered after giving birth, than treating yourself to a relaxing massage or facial. Once again, your body will be going through a number of physical changes, trying to adapt to no longer carrying a baby. Sleepless nights can also take their toll and you may find yourself going through emotional changes as well. Investing some time into yourself can have enormous benefits on your wellbeing, and leave you feeling relaxed and nourished.
If you are expecting, or know someone who is expecting and want to treat them to some pregnancy pampering, you will be pleased to know that here at Agnes Zen, we can help! Please see my treatments page for more details and feel free to contact me on 07719 684512 to discuss further.