I'm starting to feel pretty big and bulky, and would love a little more emphasis on the "pretty" part. Is there anything that I can do to pamper myself that is safe for my baby?|
There are several wonderful pampering options for mommies-to-be when it comes to taking some much deserved time for yourself. Here are a few ways to relax, rejuvenate, and remember what your body felt and looked like before your sweet baby took it over.
What to Enjoy
- Pre-natal Massage. Find a spa or massage therapist in your area that specializes in pre-natal massage. This wonderful treatment will not only help you to relax, but may also alleviate any back or leg pain that you have been experiencing. It is, however, very important that your masseuse has been trained specifically in how to give a pre-natal massage. Not only do you need your growing belly accommodated for with a special massage table or positioning, but it is also crucial that the masseuse be aware that when certain areas of your body are stimulated it can cause contractions. While it might seem like fun to go straight from pampering to parenthood, it's not time yet!
- Body Scrub. Enjoy a body scrub treatment either at home or at the spa. If you are pampering yourself at home pick up a sugar or salt scrub and slather it all over your body during a nice, warm, shower. Do be careful, however, as the scrub can make the shower floor a bit slippery and you don't want to fall and inadvertently turn a few moments of pleasure into hours of pain! These at-home scrubs are a great and inexpensive way to treat yourself and will leave your skin feeling as smooth as your baby's.
- Pedicure. By this stage of the game it might be a bit tricky to try and bend down and trim those toe nails, so enjoy an hour of pampering and let a professional do it for you. Not only will your toes enjoy the attention, but when you do manage to put your feet up for a moment of rest, you will like what you see!
- Manicure. Skip the tips or acrylics, but do let yourself enjoy a manicure if your fingernails are feeling a bit neglected. The safest nail polishes during pregnancy are those that are toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) free.
- Facial. We all know that pregnancy is supposed to make us "glow" but if Mother Nature needs a bit of help in this department, treat yourself to a facial.
- Haircut and Highlights. If you feel like your pregnancy hair needs a little "umph" consider a great haircut or some highlights. Many medical professionals advise against dying your hair during pregnancy for fear that when the hair dye comes in contact with the scalp it may pass into your blood stream and ultimately reach your baby. Highlights, on the other hand, are generally seen as a safer alternative as the chemicals rarely come in direct contact with the scalp. This might also be a good time to find a great, easy to style (emphasis on the easy part) hair cut. By getting your hair cut now, you'll have a few weeks to practice styling it and learn all the "how-to" beauty short-cuts before baby arrives.
What to Skip?
Pregnancy is not the time for glycolic acid peels, microdermabrasion, or skin treatments with harsh ingredients. Remember, even treatments that you have easily handled in the past, may be too much for your sensitive skin and might not be safe for baby right now.