How To Spa Questions and Answers

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I’ve got a resort spa package booked and I’ve just found out I’m pregnant. Should I still go?

There are some treatments you should avoid in pregnancy but you can still make the most of a pampering resort spa stay.

You may well find that your chosen spa will not give some treatments to women in their first trimester, such as a full body massage or body wraps. Don’t be tempted not to tell the therapist and go ahead anyway, as there are some aromatherapy massage oils it’s wise to avoid in early pregnancy, and even specialist pregnancy massages and treatments are often only recommended after 12 weeks. In early pregnancy, you may have to focus on beauty treatments such as a facial, pedicure, manicure, and maybe a neck and shoulder massage. You could also use the pool and do gentler exercise classes such as yoga.

Check with the resort’s spa to see what they offer. If you’re in very early pregnancy, they may even let you postpone by a few weeks so that you can book in for some pregnancy-specific treatments.

Saunas and Jacuzzis are not recommended at any stage during pregnancy because of the risk of overheating. A bath or anything else that makes your skin red and makes you sweat is probably too hot. Stick to the pool and cooler treatments. For more information on spa treatments and pregnancy  see the previous edition of Spavelous “Now you are in the Know” called “Oh Baby!”