Spa Treatments That are Safe for Pregnant Women

18 Aug. 2019

If there’s ever a time in your life when you need to take a break and unwind, it’s when you’re pregnant. While you need to be more cautious when it comes to taking care of your body when you’re pregnant, there are fortunately plenty of spa treatments that are still perfectly safe. So go ahead. Take a well-deserved break and treat yourself to one of these relaxing spa treatments. Note: It’s always a good idea to check in with your doctor before going to the spa to make sure there isn’t something you need to be aware of before getting a spa treatment.

Prenatal massage

A massage is great for increasing circulation and relieving back pain. Make sure your masseuse knows you’re pregnant when you book a massage and go in for treatment, even if you aren’t showing yet. And if you’re only in your first trimester, skip this treatment for a while. The first trimester is when the fetus is especially vulnerable. Spas generally don’t even perform massages on women who are in their first trimester of pregnancy because of the increased risk. 

Once you’ve hit the second trimester, though, a prenatal massage might be just what you need (as long as your doctor gives you the OK). It’s worth it for the table alone. A prenatal massage table is specifically designed for pregnant women (some even have a spot just for your bump so you can lie down on your stomach). 

Once you’re on the table, your masseuse should focus on areas that are particularly stressed due to your fluctuating hormones and shifting body weight, like your lower back and shoulders. Always let your masseuse know immediately if something is uncomfortable or painful. 


When you’re pregnant, it can be a challenge to feel your best. If you need a pick-me-up, a pedicure is always a good idea, as long as the spa you go to for it is well ventilated. You don’t want to be breathing in noxious fumes at any time, but it’s especially important to avoid them while you’re pregnant. Some experts warn that massaging between the anklebone and heel can cause contractions, so let your nail specialists know to skip that part or ask your doctor about it if you’re concerned. 


Pregnancy can do a number on your skin. Many women find they break out more when they’re pregnant than they did in high school. Fortunately, you can help ease your stressed skin with a facial while you’re pregnant. Skip the chemical peels and microdermabrasion, though, since they are especially harsh and your skin is especially sensitive while you’re pregnant. Opt instead for a gentle exfoliating scrub followed by a moisturizing facial massage. Talk to your doctor ahead of time to make sure the ingredients that are in your facial are safe for you and baby. 

You deserve to feel good while you’re pregnant, and the spa is the perfect oasis for many women. Take some precautions, but don’t hold yourself back from getting some much needed pampering during this time in your life.