When I first found out I was pregnant, I signed up for a weekly newsletter by TheBabyCenter, which sent a weekly update what to expect week by week and the size of my baby (which is due any day now). It was the only newsletter in Gmail’s kelly green ‘promotion tab‘ I actually looked forward to! You can literally search any question on ‘The Baby Center‘ and get sucked into forums of helpful advice and horror stories from real moms.
In the first trimester I searched, ‘what happens when you’re in labor?’ – one mom wrote something about how she ‘wished she had gotten a pedicure because her nails looked so bad during her 20 hours of labor staring at her feet.’ I made a mental note then to have a bit of pampering toward the end of my pregnancy since I figure I’d have NO time after the baby arrives. Here’s what I learned after a visit to LABO Spa in Zurich, Switzerland and some dangers with pregnancy pampering…
The Scene – LABO Spa in Zurich, Switzerland. I first learned about this spa a couple years ago from MyGirlfriendGuidetoZurich and after visiting a couple times in the past, the service is top notch and the staff is so friendly, helpful and speak both German and English. Here’s my review after they offered me the Mother-to-Be massage and pedicure.
1. The Nails – At some point in pregnancy it got SO difficult to paint my toes, which is why I recommend a ‘pedicure‘ as a great gift for any expecting mom (especially in Switzerland where baby showers are not a tradition like in the US). LABO had the Infinite Shine collection by OPI which is described as drying quickly and giving off a shiny, thick vibe similar to gel, but this can be removed at home. But remember…
2. Is it safe to get a Pedicure while Pregnant? – According to TheBabyCenter the answer is, ‘Yes, if the salon follows recommended practices for hygiene and sterilization of tools.’ LABO was very clean and had individual sink like soak baths for my feet which were swollen and marked up from ankle socks. The treatment felt SO good on my aching feet. Now moving onto your body…
Is Getting a Massage Safe? – (Sidenote) I loved this coconut body scrub at LABO, it looked good enough to eat! I was able to have LABO’s specialized ‘Mother-to-Be‘ massage. It was so relaxing, especially after having back pain during my 8th month. The therapist was SUPER gentle massaging my back and feet at certain pressure points, which can cause early labor.
What about the Aromatherapy oils? She offered only a couple selections as some essential oils like lavender or jasmine can induce labor. (Sidenote – one of the best parts was the pregnancy pillow they have because you lay on your side! I asked and LABO can order it for clients, which I wish I knew in the 2nd trimester when sleeping starts getting uncomfortable)
While there are some spa activities that are a definite no-no, I highly recommend pregnancy massages and I did get my hair highlighted and eyebrows done in the past week before everything changes. Although it hasn’t been too tough to manage, I’m not sure how easy it would be to squeeze in ‘pampering‘ if you have other kids at home while you’re expecting. Any tips?
If you live in Zurich, check out LABO Spa here and they have a new location opening in Locarno.