My friend is a lot further along in her pregnancy, and we decided ages ago (before I even knew I was pregnant) to do a pregnancy spa day. We’ve left it pretty late, my friend is now 37 weeks, so there was a lot of chat about what we’d do if she went in to labour mid massage!
Even right at the end of pregnancy though, it was so so worth doing, we both really enjoyed it. We both have toddlers, so are finding this pregnancy pretty exhausting, and taking some time out to relax was exactly what we needed. It can be a pretty tricky thing to do if you already have children, or you’re worried about keeping up with work, but taking some time out for you when you’re pregnant is so important.
Spa days are a great way to do this as you can really disconnect (some don’t even allow phones in the communal areas), and have some treatments which completely focus on you. The massages on offer are slightly adapted based on the fact that you’re pregnant, and I’ve heard some women say they’ve been disappointed the massages they’ve had are a bit lacklustre. I’ve not found this, but have found that they’ll focus on more on areas away from your lower back.
Getting some pampering can also really help your wellbeing as taking some time to take care of you will make you feel better. Pregnancy can be draining, and chances are even if you’re enjoying pregnancy you won’t feel 100% all the time. Getting a manicure or facial can really make you feel better, and so is well worth the investment.
A few tips for booking a pregnancy spa day:
Look for mid week availability – we went on a Monday, and it was pretty busy. Speaking to the people who worked there it sounds like it’s often really busy on a Friday and Monday, and naturally at the weekend. So if you can get off work / arrange childcare mid week then go for this.
Search for offers which include at least one treatment, or multiple if possible. Some spa days are just for the use of facilities, and maybe lunch, and frankly to me it seems like an expensive way to use a pool!
We chose Sopwell House for our pregnancy spa day, which cost £159 and included lunch and two treatments, plus full use of the facilities. It was busy round the pool which was a shame, but aside from that all the facilities were great, and lunch was really good, especially the desserts! The woman who did my treatment (Clarins Pampering Face & Body Treatment) was so accommodating to my pregnancy, using a special triangular pillow and offering multiple supports and pillows to make sure I was comfortable throughout the treatment.
I’d highly recommend a pregnancy spa day at this Hertfordshire spa but some alternatives which look great are:
Foxhills – Bump and Judy Package – £155, inlcuding a massage, pedicure, two course lunch and full use of facilities.
Champneys Heath Spa (multiple locations) – £224 for a massage, lighter legs treatment and pedicure plus full use of the facilities and lunch. Expensive but Champneys is renowned for it’s quality. They also have a number of city spas, so if you’re looking to squeeze in some shorter pampering, look at the pregnancy treatments like the Beautiful Bump Treatment which includes a back and leg massage.
The Herb House at Limewood – the most expensive option for a pregnancy spa day here, but it’s amazing. My husband and I treated ourselves for our anniversary this year and I can thoroughly recommend. They do a Mum-To-Be spa day which is £260 and includes lunch and full use of facilities, plus 2 hours of treatment. The massage I had was incredible, and the food and facilities are unbelievable too! One to pick if you’re really looking to indulge.
If you’re looking for pregnancy spa treatments in the city, try Cowshed. They offer a variety of maternity treatments from £40. You might not get the same perks of a pool and lunch, but you can mix and match a few cheaper treatments and still come out feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.