Are beauty treatments safe during pregnancy?

Pregnant and planning a spa trip? This article looks at some common beauty treatments and whether they are safe during pregnancy.


With medi-spas opening all over the place, botox is becoming widely available. But pregnancy is not the time to get injected with chemicals!


No problems with electrolysis during pregnancy have ever been documented. However, it is recommended that electrolysis is not carried out on the breasts or abdomen during the last three months of pregnancy. You may find that your hair growth is very rapid during pregnancy, but this hair tends to fall out after your baby is born, as your hormone levels return to normal.


Maybe you're "blooming" and your skin has never looked better. Or maybe you're breaking out in spots and your skin is in serious need of some TLC.

Pregnancy hormones can wreak havoc, causing otherwise normal skin to become very sensitive. So, a good facial may be the perfect pampering during pregnancy. Ask your therapist to use products designed for use on sensitive skin (or, even better, for pregnant skin).

Make sure your therapist knows about your pregnancy because some essential oils and other products used during facials aren't suitable for use during pregnancy.

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Fake tans

There doesn't seem to be any evidence of problems caused by using fake tans during pregnancy, and fake tans are preferable to burning your delicate pregnant skin in the sun.

Manicures and pedicures

Some women worry about these during pregnancy because of a group of chemicals called phthalates. Phthalates are used to make nail varnish. Some phthalates mimic oestrogen and there are concerns that this may have a feminising affect on baby boys during pregnancy.

However, there is no evidence that nail polish can cause a rise in the number of phthalates in the body, so you may feel comfortable enjoying some hand and foot pampering during pregnancy.

A pedicure may be just the ticket in the later months of pregnancy, when you can no longer see your feet yourself.


Sunbeds aren't safe at the best of times, and are not advised during pregnancy. If you are desperate to get a summer glow, try applying some fake tan. Better yet, get a spa therapist to apply it for you.


Most spas recommend that you don't use waxing in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, but it is fine once you've passed this first trimester. But don't be surprised if your pain threshold and skin sensitivity are very different during pregnancy. You might want to opt for standard leg waxing rather than anything too daring.

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    Summer Spy

  • Age 30s
  • Skin type Oily/combination

Spa Likes

"Warmth and sunshine; spas which take me away to another country; fruit infused waters; beach-worth pedicures; deep tissue massages."

Spa Dislikes

"High footfalls; treatments that over promise and under deliver; heavy lunches; loungers drapped in used towels."