Massages during Pregnancy: Are they safe?

Beauty treatments during pregnancy

It’s been a matter of debate in India if it is safe for a pregnant lady to get some pampering and beauty treatments. Here’s the lowdown on that –

Manicure and Pedicure during pregnancy

Pregnant women notice that their fingernails and toe nails appear to grow faster. Thank your hormones! However, when you wish to do a manicure or a pedicure, make sure that they use natural products.

Manicure and pedicure are completely safe if done with caution. Use chemical-free products or use a well-ventilated room to get your nails done.

Body Massages during pregnancy

Body massages will be a great boon in these hard times. Body massages are completely safe for the mother as well as the child. However, it’s prudent to avoid any form of massage in the first trimester.

In case you’re not showing yet, make sure to inform your masseuse/masseur that you are pregnant. Special tables with holes are available to enable you to lie on your belly without applying pressure on the baby. There are tonnes of maternity packages available in spas. These might come in handy for your needs. Make sure you get your massages done in a reputed spa.

Tanning during pregnancy

It is best to avoid tanning when you are pregnant. The skin of a pregnant woman becomes very sensitive and prone to acne and rashes etc due to the pregnancy. Moreover, it’s best to avoid tanning because the highest temperature of your tummy can be 102.2°F. Therefore, stay cool as best you can.

Aromatherapy during pregnancy

Aromatherapy is the practice of using scented oils for relaxing the body and mind. Aromatherapy is usually ok for pregnant women. The oils you choose need to be suited to you. Sometimes, some oils give people hives or may penetrate into skin. Anything that does the latter is a strict no-no. But otherwise, it should be ok.

Hair Colouring during pregnancy

Hair colouring typically includes the use of various chemicals. If you must do it, use products that are paraben-free and ammonia-free and under the care of a reputed salon and trained beautician.

This is your time to get pampered. Enjoy it and make it last!