Fatigue, swelling, back and pelvic pain, tired feet, and legs…Pregnancy definitely has an exhaustive side to it, and the best way to curb it is by pampering yourself – a lot! Try putting aside one day out of the week – could be a Saturday or Sunday – when you have fewer chores and tasks to complete – to do a full spa day at home. Besides caring for your beauty and well-being, you’ll relax and will feel invigorated and restored afterward. Here are some ideas from BabyHome:
- If you have a bathtub at home, make sure the temperature of the water isn’t too warm, so you don’t risk lowering your blood pressure. Ideally, the water should be lukewarm or cold.
- Place scented candles throughout the room and play soft, relaxing music – try to think of something that will bring peace and tranquility for your baby.
- In the shower, use body oils to massage your bump, breasts, neck, and temples.
- You can also try a foot soak with lukewarm water and bath salts. Some people like to use marbles to massage their feet during the soak, which can help relieve pressure points.
- Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, especially in thicker areas like elbows or knees, leaving your skin smooth and soft. Chose an exfoliant with smaller, softer granules and rub it gently.
- Try a hair mask, but don’t use the product on your roots as they tend to get oily during pregnancy.
- Pieces of cotton dipped in chamomile tea and eye masks that can be frozen or cooled in the fridge, which you can find at any drugstore, are a great option to fight the dark circles and bags under your eyes.
- Take this time to talk to and even sing to your baby. Moments like these strengthen the bond between mother and child.
- Finish off your spa session with a facial mask, moisturise your body with your favorite body lotion, and apply a few drops of repair oil for split ends to the tips of of your hair.