We all love a bit of pampering, but there’s more to all that indulgence than you might think. Rather than being a way to simply relax and unwind there are a lot of treatments that can offer additional health benefits, and if you’re pregnant you could well find them especially beneficial.
Let’s start with exfoliation and body scrubs. Regular exfoliation can slough off dead skin cells to leave you with glowing skin, helping to relieve dryness and keep skin healthy whilst you nourish and moisturise your body. But, it can also be a great way to increase blood circulation. This offers all-round benefits as proper blood circulation is vital to staying fit and healthy, and it could even help prevent or reduce those dreaded stretch marks by promoting skin elasticity and reducing swelling.
Massages can also have numerous health benefits, and again they can be even more beneficial during pregnancy. Whilst it isn’t always recommended to have a massage during the first trimester (as this is the time when you’re most at risk of miscarriage) any time after that would be ideal—massages can help reduce swelling, varicose veins, muscle cramps, tension, nerve and back pain, can help prevent insomnia and anxiety and they’ve even been shown to shorten labour time, reduce pain and even improve labour outcome, offering a whole range of benefits to expectant mums.
But, when you’re pregnant it’s important to take extra care when choosing your treatments or beauty products. Always avoid any scrubs or massage creams that contain essential oils as some can be harmful to your baby, and if you’re getting a professional massage make sure the therapist is experienced in offering massages to pregnant women. After that you’re free to relax and unwind as you see fit, so always remember that there’s more to pampering than meets the eye and you’ve got even more reason to treat yourself!