The short answer to this question is yes, you can use a spa whilst pregnant. After all, spas are places of health, wellbeing and making you feel cared for, and pregnancy is definitely a time in your life when you deserve to be pampered.
However, in order to get the most out of your spa experience, there are some things that you need to be aware of, both when it comes to spa treatments and use of spa facilities for the health and safety of you and your baby.
When it comes to spa facilities, a rule of thumb is that you should avoid higher temperatures because your internal temperature at that time is higher anyway. Therefore, it’s not recommended to spend time in saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis or any facility that’s hot. However, swimming pools and cooler facilities, as well as taking advantage of beautiful spa restaurants and relaxation areas is absolutely fine. Increasingly spas have a wide variety of unique and relaxing experiences available to use that are also safe in pregnancy. For example, the isopod flotation experience at Ockenden Manor is sleep inducing, utterly relaxing and allows you to, quite literally, float and feel weightless. Isopod floatation tanks are not specifically for maternity spa breaks but they are perfect for helping to relieve prenatal aches and pains gently.
When it comes to spa treatments on the other hand, most spas will recommend that you avoid all spa treatments other than simple manicures and pedicures during the first three months of pregnancy. After that, there are certain therapies that are not recommended for mums-to-be, either because the movements will be uncomfortable for you or are not considered safe, or because certain ingredients are considered unsafe or too strong. In some cases, it’s simply that products have not been tested for safety during pregnancy and it’s best to be cautious. Most spas however now offer dedicated prenatal spa treatments, and at Spabreaks.com we have spa days and breaks for mums-to-be to make it easy to book your spa experience without worrying.
Here are a few rules to follow to help guide you in your choice of spa experiences during pregnancy, and to help you feel more comfortable on your spa break:
- It’s best to avoid spa treatments and facilities in your first trimester other than manicures and pedicures.
- It’s best to avoid the use of thermal facilities such as saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis during pregnancy.
- Speak to your therapist before your spa treatment so she can adapt it for your needs.
- Always tell your spa therapist if you are pregnant before your treatment as some essential oils and other active ingredients are not recommended during pregnancy.
- Many spas now offer specific prenatal, pregnancy or maternity spa treatments.
- If you’re worried at all then speak to your doctor before you book your spa break.