August 5th, 2009 • Posted by Alana Ficco • Permalink
Spa-ing during the 9 month S-T-R-E-T-C-H!
Becoming a super-moma can be some stressful business. Itís the PERFECT time for a girl to check into a spa.
First and foremost always consult your physician, dulla, or midwife. One very important factor is to be sure to tell your spa staff about your pregnancy as soon as you schedule the appointment and be sure to ask for a therapist well trained in pregnancy services. If you already have spa services scheduled, call the salon or spa and speak with them about upcoming appointments as you may need to have a different therapist or they may require a physicians permission to proceed.
To Spa or not to spa? To color or not to color? Depending on whom you ask, your answer may be different. All Physicians have a different thought on the coloring process. I have a 18 month old and being a hair designer I wasnít concerned at all. I did ask my physician to see what her thoughts were, and her answer was ďcolor away!Ē And then she told me to be sure to get massages as well. I thought that was great that she recommended massage without me even asking. I have found that most salons and spas will tell you itís completely safe but for many reasons they will advise you to consult your physician.
When is it safe is another debate among salons, spas, and your prenatal caregivers. There is no evidence, my doctor said, to show itís unsafe to spa in the first trimester but many people are concerned to perform services in the first trimester due to the fact that most miscarriages happen in the first trimester so of course business owners certainly donít want to think a miscarriage would happen at there facility. Personally I had a very difficult first trimester and if it wasnít for spaing I would have pulled my hair out. Massages, facials, and pedicures helped me stay sane. Some may say wait till the second trimester to be safe.
If you decide to color your hair during pregnancy we always recommend you have a professional hair salon apply your color. Many dyes contain harmful chemicals, leads, and other metals such as compound Henna found in drugstore dyes. A salon will be trained on the color and usually have a much safer, gentler color than the leading over the counter versions, better ventilation, not to mention you get a moment to sit and be pampered. (enjoy it now, in a few months there may not be much pampering for mommy) The salon can even apply color off the scalp if you ask them.
Are you still a little concerned? A highlighting process may be your answer. When using foils, when applied correctly, the color doesnít touch your skin. Your hair itself that color is applied to is actually dead so color and or lightener (bleach) canít be absorbed thru that dead hair shaft
Always consult your physician before scheduling any spa services as there may be concern your physician or midwife knows about that your spa technicians may not.
Your massages wont be the same massage your grown accustom to but if performed correctly they can really, really help so many things there isnít enough room in this article to tell them all to you. Some of which a massage will do is alleviate tired muscles and tension, increase circulation, and reduce water retention. You shouldnít lay flat on your back after the 4-5th month as this can cause lightheadedness.
Some spa service must be put on hold during pregnancy such as hot hydrotherapy treatments, Saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, and hot body wraps. Deep Tissue massage especially on the legs is defiantly not aloud. but less vigorous massage strokes will still help you to deal with leg cramps, headaches, fluid retention, swollen ankles and other pregnancy-related aches and pains. But just because your pregnant doesnít mean your stuck with only a pregnancy massage. An itchy belly is screamingÖcream me!!! How about trying a facial for your belly? Your tummy needs more attention now than ever. Itís about to s-t-r-e-t-c-h this tummy facial will leave your skin feeling like your babies bottom and the better yetÖit can prevent stretch marks.
Canít see your toes? Having a pregnancy foot treat is just the answer and can reduce swelling, and stimulate circulation.
Be sure to ask questions, to the spa. Be sure the therapists are trained to work with pregnancy and just havenít slapped a pregnant massage on the menu. Donít hesitate to ask them what makes them skilled in that area? Ask whatís in the products they are using. Be on the lookout for products containing parabens, colorant and synthetic fragrances.
And donít forget about the so often forgotten about, 4th trimester. The 4th trimester lasts about 6 weeks after delivery. Although its not usually easy to get to the spa but you will need it after your body is now one again. This is a very important healing time to regain the elasticity of your skin and erase stretch marks.
There is no other time in a womenís life when she deserves to be luxuriously pampered than when she is pregnant. And rememberÖ Happy Mommy = Happy Baby
Written by Alana, owner of TRENDZ the salon spa & beauty boutique in Youngwood, Pa www.trendzthesalonspa.com