What's safe at the spa when pregnant?

All pregnant mamas deserve to be pampered, but follow these guidelines for the most safe options.


What spa activities are safe during pregnancy? Take our quiz to find out. First question, is it safe to get a massage? Massages are fine but only after the first trimester. Make sure your therapist is certified in pre-natal massage techniques and opt for a Swedish massage, which involves long strokes over tight muscles. Make sure to avoid deep tissue massages, particularly on the legs, which use strong pressure and could dislodge a blood clot or cause your blood pressure to rise. Speak to your doctor first if you have a high risk pregnancy, high blood pressure or if you experience sudden swelling after a treatment. Next question. Is it safe to get a gel manicure? [SOUND] These long lasting polishes often contain potentially toxic chemicals. Plus, the UV rays used to set the gel could lead to hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Not to mention cancerous cells on your hands. Instead, opt for a regular 3 or 5 free polish and dry your nails under a fan with the light turned off. Finally, is it safe to get a facial? [MUSIC] Yes, but chose your treatment carefully. Your skin's more sensitive during pregnancy, so avoid irritating chemical peels or laser procedures. Instead, opt for whitehead or blackhead extraction or facials with alpha hydroxy acids, which are less likely to be absorbed into the skin. [MUSIC] Ready for another pregnancy quiz? Check out PARENTS.COM/SAFEORNOT. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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