Pregnancy is a time of change and upheaval so it’s important to nurture yourself during this special period, especially if it’s your first. Below, we recommend ‘pregnancy approved’ products and relaxing treatments that will do wonders for the psyche, as well as your appearance, in all stages of your journey. 

 First Trimester

Morning sickness, extreme tiredness and hormonal spots or breakouts are just a few of the symptoms that may leave you feeling less than tip top in the first three months. Although you may feel desperately in need of a bit of TLC, various relaxing beauty and spa treatments, such as massage, are contraindicated (a no-no) at this time, being the most crucial stage of development for your baby.

 You can still add a splash of colour to your day with a mani or pedi from a chemical-free nail brand such as SpaRitual (available at the Heart & Soul Spa, in Al Barari,) meaning you also have the perfect excuse to stay on for a light lunch at The Farm restaurant there afterwards too.

 A facial is another top treat for this trimester. If you feel too nauseous to go to the spa or salon, treat yourself and invest in some pregnancy skincare. Mama Mio brand have a gorgeous range of products (that are best-sellers back in Blighty.) You can buy them from John Lewis or Basharacare.com locally and their range of products promise to help specifically with hormonal changes and prevent pregnancy acne. 

 Second Trimester

Often dubbed the “honeymoon” period of pregnancy, by week 13 you may find that your energy levels are back to normal, and with any luck, you are no longer plagued by sickness. 

 Though your bump may still be small, it’s never too early to start lathering on cream to try and prevent the dreaded stretch marks. Between 75 and 90% of women develop them during pregnancy, but the good news is things can be done to avoid them. Drinking plenty of water (and not eating for two will help), as will the application of a good skin product. Try Mustela’s Stretch Marks Double Action Cream (available from a wide range of Pharmacy’s here) or Mama Mio’s The Tummy Rub Butter which both can be used on the hips and thighs. Designed to increase skin elasticity, these formulas are safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding, with Mama Mio’s containing omega-rich organic oils plus organic Shea butter.

 On the subject of growth, while a cup size boost may be a bonus for some British mum-to-be’s, the skin on your breasts may feel itchy and uncomfortable as they start to swell. The Mustela Maternite Bust Firming Serum has a toning, tensing effect and provides comfort during changes in breast volume and it’s also fine to use during breastfeeding. 

 Third Trimester

The “honeymoon” may now be over as your body copes with your not-so-little baby belly. Fatigue may return and you might also suffer from heavy legs, bloating, backache, heartburn and, to top it all off, anxiety about the impending birth. If there was ever a time to indulge in a spot of spa massage, this is it! While hot tubs, saunas, tanning beds and steam rooms should be avoided during pregnancy, a mum-to-be massage will address many of your third trimester concerns. 

Most British mums will have heard that SensAsia is synonymous with the notion of pregnancy massage in Dubai. Now they’ve just launched a new prenatal package combining its most popular treatments to create the ultimate pregnancy pamper journey – for body, mind and bump.

The Luxe Mum-To-Be package lasts over 2 hours and begins with a Yummy Mummy-To-Be bump-friendly massage, delivered by therapists who know all the safest positions, and will massage you to ease tension, muscle fatigue and get rid of the build up of fluid retention. 

The journey continues with the Bliss Fabulous Facial and is concluded with Mama Mio’s Lighter Legs treatment,with a soothing rosewood foot soak, light exfoliation and therapeutic massage. Sounds good? Pampering yourself during pregnancy helps to ensure that not only will you look great, but you’ll feel your best in the run up to the birth too, so what better excuse is there to indulge, than right now? Soon life will change dramatically… and most definitely all for the better. 

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