Can a pregnant woman go to a spa?
Most pregnant women feel better if they rest, take gentle exercise, and eat little and often. All in all, then, a spa trip sounds ideal. There are some treatments you shouldn't have in pregnancy and you'll need to stay away from the heat facilities, but you can still make the most of a pampering spa day or stay.
When you use a sauna, jacuzzi, hot tub or steam room, your body is unable to lose heat effectively by sweating. Your body's core temperature therefore rises. It's possible that a significant rise in your core temperature may affect your unborn baby's development, particularly in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
- Vicks Vaporub is safe for mums-to-be and helps relieve the symptoms of a blocked nose, sore throat and cough. It is available as an ointment for rubbing on the chest, throat or back, and can also be added to hot water and the vapours inhaled.
- Expecting mothers rarely die from preeclampsia in the developed world, but it is still a major cause of illness and death globally. According to the World Health Organization, preeclampsia and eclampsia cause 14% of maternal deaths each year, or about 50,000 to 75,000 women worldwide.
- Below are some examples:
- Eat a healthy diet, and especially limit your sodium intake.
- Take your blood pressure medications the way you are supposed to.
- Keep all your prenatal appointments.
- Stay physically active, although your healthcare provider may prescribe bed rest if you develop preeclampsia.
Spas are definitely not off-limits during pregnancy as long as you take some precautions. Here's the low-down on how to safely indulge in some much-needed pampering. Jacuzzis and heated mud wraps – anything that jacks up your core body temperature – are off limits during pregnancy.
- Barring any sensitive skin issues you might have, it's generally considered safe for pregnant women to get waxed during pregnancy. Thanks to your hormones, your hair is probably growing at a much faster rate now, which means you might find yourself more fixated on hair removal than ever before.
- It's fine to take baths while you're pregnant as long as the water isn't too hot. Avoid soaking in water that's hot enough to raise your body temperature higher than 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 10 minutes.
- While dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are effective treatments of melasma, they are not considered safe to use during pregnancy. The increased sensitivity of the skin alone during pregnancy can lead to irritation, breakouts and uneven results.
Sitting in a hot tub or sauna can raise your body temperature to a level that can be dangerous for your developing baby. Studies have shown an increased risk for neural tube defects in babies of women who had an elevated temperature before 7 weeks of pregnancy.
- When you lie belly-up, the weight of your uterus can compress a major blood vessel, called the vena cava, disrupting blood flow to your baby and leaving you nauseated, dizzy, and short of breath. The best way to sleep during the second half of pregnancy is on your side.
- Most pregnant women feel better if they rest, take gentle exercise, and eat little and often. All in all, then, a spa trip sounds ideal. There are some treatments you shouldn't have in pregnancy and you'll need to stay away from the heat facilities, but you can still make the most of a pampering spa day or stay.
- Experts recommend limiting your use of a hot tub or sauna during pregnancy to less than 10 minutes at a time, or forgoing them altogether, especially in the early weeks. Sitting in a hot tub or sauna can raise your body temperature to a level that can be dangerous for your developing baby.
Updated: 21st October 2019