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Spa Treatments That Are Safe During Pregnancy

And which ones you should avoid altogether.

Spa Treatments That Are Safe During Pregnancy

If there was ever a time you needed an indulgent day at the spa, pregnancy is definitely it. Unfortunately, not all spa treatments are actually safe for pregnancy, whether it’s due to the product used during the treatment, the technique of the therapist, or even the positioning of your pregnant body.

To help you book the right appointment, we asked Gabrielle Ophals, Co-Founder of Haven Spa in NYC, to share which spa treatments are off-limits for your pregnant body...and how to make modifications to make some of them a little safer. *Note: Always defer to your obstetrician before engaging in any of these services.

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Body Treatments

Why do it: Think of a body treatment as a facial for your whole body! In a nutshell: it includes exfoliation, a deep cleansing/detoxifying step, and a nourishing moisturizing finish. What it does: A body treatment will makes your skin look and feel great. It's smoother, softer and healthier because of added nutrients during the wrapping step.

Is it safe for pregnancy? Generally, no. Most body treatments are detoxifying in nature -- and you don't want that when you're growing another human inside you. Even treatments that aren't detoxifying, like nut or sugar scrubs followed by a simple body moisturizer, aren’t recommended during pregnancy (and we don't perform them at our spa) because you can be really slippery after. The idea of sliding off the table is too terrifying!

Massages

Why do it: A massage is a relaxing and refreshing way to escape the stresses of life, both mental and physical.

Is it safe for pregnancy? Yes, but it's not recommended during the first trimester. The first trimester is when the fetus is at its most vulnerable. Massage can be very stimulating to the adrenal system, and it can (but rarely) causes muscle spasms. Almost no massage therapist will perform a massage during this time. Of course, there are plenty of times when you don't know you're pregnant; what happens then? Honestly, there has never been a recorded incident of a massage causing a problem with a pregnancy. Still, it’s a precaution that most reputable spas follow.

Facials

Why do it: The ultimate in #selfcare, facials can do wonders for your skin, from cleansing skin to promoting collagen production to exfoliating dead skin cells.

Is it safe for pregnancy? Most facials are totally safe for pregnancy unless it includes a peel, which can have chemicals -- like salicylic acid -- that can be harmful to your fetus. Make sure you find out about all the possible products that may be used in a facial before closing your eyes.

Manicures & Pedicures

Why do it: Admit it: getting your nails or toes done makes us look and feel pretty. When you're bloated or uncomfortable, which can happen often during pregnancy, these services can really lift your spirits. They're short and usually an inexpensive option.

Is it safe for pregnancy? We do not recommend acrylics or powder dips as they're highly toxic. It's been proven that nail technicians who perform these services on a regular basis and do not wear protective breathing gear (N95 particle masks, not the kind of mask you see at a doctor's office) have a higher incidence of lung problems. While your exposure is far less than a technician's, why take the risk?

Hair Treatments

Why do it: We know some women swear pregnancy makes your hair look fabulous, but most moms-to-be could use a little hair care pick-me-up.

Is it safe for pregnancy? When it comes to hair treatments, stick with the same strategy as you would for a mani/pedi: if it’s a simple, nontoxic treatment (think: blow dry or cut), then go for it! But stay away from anything toxic, such as some hair coloring and all Keratin straightening treatments.

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

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Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

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Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

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Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

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Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

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Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

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Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

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Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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