Pregnancy is a blessing to be sure, but it also has a few--er--side effects that women might not love. A little pampering during pregnancy is key to a new mom to be's happiness. Between my skin going berzerk and a weird shooting pain in my hip, I felt less than glamorous throughout the nine months. Take my advice and invest in beauty and spa treatments--think of it as a Valentine to your body.
For me, pregnancy massage was an incredible investment. I headed off for monthly sessions at Manahattan's Maternal Massage and More. I came in hobbling and left blissed out. My advice is to look for a massage therapist that makes use of the bodyCushion support system. The bodyCushion alleviated the pressure on my neck, breasts, and lowerback and let me rest on my belly (oh how I missed that when I was pregnant). I'm not making this up. According to a study done by the Univ. of Miami, pregnancy massage can help:
* Lowered anxiety
* Decreased back and leg pain
* Improved sleep
* Decreased levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine
* increased levels of the "feel-good" hormones serotonin and dopamine
* decreased levels of cortisol, an indicator of stress
* an overall improvement in mood
If you aren't ready to go for the massage, might I suggest another bit of pampering--a facial formulated especially for pregnant women. I headed to Edamame - A Luxury Maternity Spa Experience located inside select Destination Maternity stores. I swore by the Absolute Pearl Facial. It was 50 minutes of bliss. My face was dry in areas and had breakouts in others (lovely). The treatment used botanicals such as mulberry, licorice and lemon.
You don't need to got to Destination Maternity for your facial, but do a bit of research. What To Expect has tips on what to avoid in a facial. Before you deliver, why not carve out a little mommy time to unwind and relax.
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