Your Second Trimester Pregnancy Guide - Part 2

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Your Second Trimester Pregnancy Guide - Part 2

We truly believe that there is no time that a woman deserves spa more, than when she is pregnant.  But a lot of woman wonder, can they?  We are here with a big YES YOU CAN!  First things first though, every pregnancy is unique and some come with more precautions than others specifically hypertension, preeclampsia, and high-risk pregnancy. We advise that you chat with your doctor to get the all clear before you book your appointment.  Not only will you leave feeling refreshed, but a trained professional can advise you on what products to use during your pregnancy to have you not only looking but feeling your very best!

 

Lets take a look at some of the common treatments, their benefits and when to hold off until after your baby arrives.

 

Massage

The thought here is best to hold off until after you are done with your 1st trimester (14 weeks) as you will be feeling better, are less nauseated and your pregnancy is more established.

What to look for:  When booking your appointment, be sure to ask if they specialize in pregnancy massage and pregnancy treatments as well as ask for a therapist who is trained in prenatal massage techniques.

What to avoid:

  • Deep tissue/Sports massage, as it is too stimulating during pregnancy.
  • Lying flat on your back or on your tummy, the safest and most recommended way by doctors and midwives alike is a lateral or side laying position. These positions optimize blood flow as well as take pressure off the lower back and sinus.

The benefits:

  • Increases circulation (for you and baby!),
  • Eases swelling in your legs and feet,
  • Relieves back pain and headaches,
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Reduces post-partum depression
  • Improves mood and promotes better sleep

Facial Treatments

What to look for:  Facials are great during any point of your pregnancy, just be sure your therapist has you laying in a slight incline and not flat on your back – even in your 1st trimester.  Be sure to still let the spa/salon as well as your therapist know you are pregnant.

What to avoid:

  • Deeper exfoliation treatments, like peels as the acids (specifically salicylic and glycolic. Lactic is safe) have not been tested enough to say they are 100% safe.
  • Microdermabrasion as it can lead to sensitivity and uneven results
  • Retinols, Retin-A or anything containing Vitamin A as this is harmful during pregnancy
  • Whitening treatments
  • Galvanic, micro-currents

The benefits:

  • Can help to treat acne due to pregnancy hormones
  • Give much needed hydration to the skin
  • Help to aid in reducing irritation and redness

Hair removal

What to look for:  Waxing, threading, sugaring can be done anywhere on the body during pregnancy

What to avoid:

  • Laser hair removal
  • Epilation creams – could cause more sensitivity during pregnancy

The benefits: Easier hair removal for you, so you’re not left balancing like a preggy flamingo in your shower!

 

Nail treatments:

What to look for:  This really comes down to personal preference; while most nail treatments are safe the smell could knock you for a 6 and leave you feeling nauseous. So see if you can have your treatments done in a well-ventilated room.

What to avoid:

  • Polish containing formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, or parabens.
  • Acrylic nails, rather go for gel polish if you are wanting a longer lasting mani or pedi

What to skip:

  • Any heat treatments, saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs/Jacuzzi baths and body wraps. These all elevate your core temperature and can have negative effects on the baby

 

As you can see there really is no reason not to enjoy your favorite treatments while you are expecting. This is the time to give yourself a little extra TLC before the sleepless nights, nappies and that wonderful bundle arrive.  Most important thing to remember is to talk to your therapist during your treatments, especially if something feels uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to speak up.  If you are nervous and feel that you be more comfortable with a doctor present, book at a medi-spa to give you a little more piece of mind that a doctor is on site.  So kick back, relax and enjoy some you time!  You’ve got this Mama x

 

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