If you're a spa and salon fundi like me, you'll know how hard it is to say no when you find out you're pregnant. I was particularly disappointed when I had to cancel a few of the below listed services, but to give you all a heads up I've listed the most important ones you should avoid during your nine months of joy:
1. Brazilian blowdries
Over the past three years this service has taken the world by storm and quite rightly because it gives you straightened, sleeker hair that doesn't require you to give up any of your other chemical services. Despite the wonders it may do for your hair, there is no wonder in it when you're expecting.
The product can be absorbed into your skin and into your blood stream because of your bodies low resistance to fight off unwanted chemicals. Under usual circumstances your body will defend itself in a rapid way, but because your immune system is at a low, the vapours can be harmful.
Many products claim to be formaldehyde free, but for the safety of yourself and your unborn child, rather give this one a skip. Instead go for a mild reverse perm or a relaxer which is a lot safer and a lot more common if you really need it.
2. Facials or body treatments with machinery
The new 'in thing' is to have a mild laser treatment to take care of unwanted spots or blemishes on your body or your face and although they work wonders, they are not recommended during pregnancy. Carol Mackellem, owner of Just Skin Aesthetic Clinic, says: "That anything sending any kind of current through your body will reach your baby and this is very harmful".
She also advised against Botox, microdermabrasion and collagen treatments which should also be avoided as the outcome isn't guaranteed. If you really need a deep cleansing and facial treatment done, try having a mild glycolic peel which is done by hand and basically involves a cream containing alpha hydroxy amino acids which are great for cellular turn over.
All other facials and waxes are completely safe otherwise.
3. Massages at unspecified salons
The wave has hit us with Thai therapies making their way onto everyone's list of favourites. If you've ever been to a Happy Feet salon, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. It’s the cream of the crop when it comes to releasing tension in the body, but all pressure point therapies should be avoided.
Early labour could be induced if the incorrect amount of pressure is applied to particular areas. Also be very aware of having a pregnancy massage done by just anyone. If the salon themselves do not specifically have a menu of treatments catered to pregnant women, do not have a massage or reflexology treatment done.
There's a fine line between the nerve endings in your body during pregnancy and if treated without caution can be fatal during pregnancy. Even having a pressure point hand, head or foot massage can be dangerous, so just because it's not on your back or tummy, does not mean it won't hurt your baby.
The One & Only Hotel offers one of the best services for expecting mothers. It's proven to be safe and very hands on so you'll know exactly what you're in for.
4. Self tanning
Topical self-tan creams and lotions were approved previously, but now a new study has shown that it might not be the best thing to do. It is a lot safer than lying in the sun for hours which can cause suffocation, a lack of oxygen to the foetus as well as extra water retention.
However, if your gynaecologist or doctor gives you the go ahead then it should be fine. Too much controversy surrounds it and despite the fact that it's not a gas or harmful otherwise, experts are still advising women to seek profession permission when it comes to one of the most loved services amongst women.
5. Teeth bleaching
This might seem like a harmless activity, but with the extra gum and tooth sensitivity that pregnancy brings, this is not a good idea at all. You may experience bleeding when brushing, which is completely normal, but the chemicals used in these bleaching products can cause infection and discomfort. Bear in mind that you cannot take anything for this other than a Panado, so let's give this one a skip.
There may be many things that you can do so be sure to avoid the above mentioned. The safety of your unborn should always come first, but so should your safety.
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