Is There a Pregnancy/Maternity Spa Near You?

Spa Services for Pregnancy SearchNow that you are pregnant you have at least one good reason to welcome any soothing comforts and seek a day off from any lingering stress from your rapidly changing life. Have you thought about spending an afternoon or maybe a whole day at a pregnancy spa? It could be there is a “Belly Friendly” spa already located in a city near you!

After doing some quick searching here are a few popular spas around the U.S. that offer prenatal massage and related services (not listed in any particular order):

Pregnant Mom and Her Son1. Austin, Texas – Blooming Pregnancy Spa and Imaging Center

Offering 4D ultrasound technology, Blooming’s RDMS medical sonographers will perform a limited diagnostic scan that will allow you to see how your baby is positioned, see the heartbeat, and watch him/her move a special collection of therapies to help the body, mind, and spirit prepare for and acclimate to motherhood.  Blooming also provides therapeutic massages, facials and pedicures. Learn more about Blooming Pregnancy Spa and Imaging Center.

 2. Portland, Oregon – Zenana Spa and Wellness Center

Offers organic facials featuring Eminence Organics Skincare line from Hungary along with safe, gentle waxing for body hair removal, acrylic-free, natural nail services and relaxing and therapeutic massage. Learn more about Zenana Spa and Wellness Center.

3. Metropolitan New York Area –  Oasis Day Spa Serving 3 LocationsOasis at  1 Park Ave., Oasis Westchester, Oasis at the Affina Dumont Hotel)

A full service spa in 3 separate locations, Oasis offers Prenatal Massage treatments, according to their website. There listing states that the therapeutic massage they offer should be performed in your 2nd or 3rd trimester, focuses on the special needs of your pregnancy as your body goes through dramatic changes. Oasis states that the benefits of prenatal massage include relief from headaches, sinus congestion, backaches, leg cramps, swollen ankles, sciatic pain, and sleep issues. This massage can be performed side-lying or face down with our special supports.

4. Delray Beach, Florida – Amazing Births and Beyond

 Amazing Births and Beyond pampers you using Bali inspired massage techniques. First they start you with a foot massage and then migrate their expert hands to a prenatal massage treatment. Amazing Births and Beyond says their massage will increase circulation, alleviate tired muscles, improve skin elasticity and reduce water retention. Amazing births also offers chiropractic care for pregnancy. Learn more from Amazing Births and Beyond.

5. Boston, Massachussets –  Bella Sante

Bella Sante offers prenatal massage that provides, like the other spas, a relaxing and nurturing treat for both you and your baby. Their therapists use specialized prenatal cushions that will accommodate your changing body. Since this is a prenatal treatment, the therapists focus gently on areas of discomfort, such as lower back, and swollen ankles and joints.  Also Bella Sante uses basq products to enhance the massage.  Learn more from Bella Sante.

6. California – Total Woman Day Spa

With about 14 locations across California, chances are there are some benefits to being a regular member of this spa that would also enable you to have access to multiple spa locations around this beautiful state. And with a name like “Total Woman” there a certainly some practitioners there that would be qualified for prenatal massage and treatments. Learn more about the spa services of Total Woman.

Smoking during Pregnancy and Teen Asthma

pregnant woman smokingAfrican-American and Latino children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from acute asthma symptoms in their teens than asthma sufferers whose mothers did not smoke, according to a new study led by a research team at UCSF.

According to a recent article on, the study found the following:

If women smoked while pregnant, their children had about a 50 percent increase in uncontrolled asthma, even when we controlled for current tobacco exposure,” said Sam S. Oh, PhD, MPH, a postdoctoral scholar in epidemiology at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Research and Education, who is first author on the paper. “Kids who are 17 years old still show the effects of something they were exposed to during the first nine months of life.”

We have long held that smoking during pregnancy was both dangerous for the mother and for the baby. Now science is proving we were right.

Read the whole article at the link above and follow their advice: stop smoking while you are pregnant!

Lightening the Workload for a Healthy Delivery and Recovery

Preparing for labor starts at conception and will take effort and organization from an expecting mother until delivery day. Starting early will allow a woman to feel more relaxed and ready during the final days before her baby arrives. Here are a few steps to follow below to ensure that nothing important is left out.

Getting a Jump on the Necessities

Though some things, like the overnight hospital bag-, can wait until a woman is closer to delivery, there are many preparations that can be taken care of much sooner. Some should actually be taking place throughout the pregnancy, such as exercise and learning pain management techniques. Classes are a great introduction to safe forms of exercise and are proven programs for learning about pain management.

Classes also provide other alternative benefits to mothers. They are a great opportunity for woman to meet and socialize with other mothers to share tips and stories. Classes also teach woman about many optional choices for post-delivery, like circumcision and cord blood banking. Cord blood banking is where remaining blood is collected from the baby’s umbilical cord immediately following delivery to be stored as a potential medical resource for the family.

Readying the home is another important preparation step. A nursery can be prepared as an entire room in the home or simply a space in a mother’s bedroom. Purchasing a safety-approved crib, a changing table and a dresser are generally the basic furniture used. For the first few weeks of their life, babies won’t need much more than plenty of diapers, onesies and receiving blankets. Babies shouldn’t be sleeping with toys or extra pillows and blankets, so there isn’t a big need to feel like the nursery needs to be filled with much more than the basics.

Knowing When to Start with Final Preparations

Everyone knows the due date is just a mark on the calendar; babies regularly prove it by coming out on their own schedule. The onset of labor may seem like a big mystery, but there are actually indications to watch for. Knowing when labor will begin offers a better chance of being fully prepared for the delivery.

Up to a couple of weeks before labor begins, mom will receive a burst of energy. This nesting energy is nature’s way of giving mom the opportunity to get her house in order for the new arrival. Use this time to give the house a final clean, launder all of the baby’s linens with detergent made especially for baby and pack the hospital stay bag. This bag can contain clothing for mother and baby to travel home in, health information or any other important paperwork, and anything that a woman would like to have during delivery as a comfort or a distraction.

Tips for a Speedy Recovery

Recovering from childbirth is something mom has to do while also helping baby adapt to the new environment. The proper use of nutrition and exercise started during pregnancy should continue, in order to minimize the recovery time and prevent some common problems following birth. Exercise is a great way to avoid post-partum depression, return the body to its previous proportions, and reduce fatigue. Proper nutrition and supplementation can prevent thyroid problems and edema.

Healthy deliveries are the result of mom putting in the effort upfront to be ready for labor and baby’s arrival. Anything can happen, but planning increases the chance of a positive outcome.

This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.

Health Consequences of Wi-Fi on Children and Pregnant Women

pregnant woman using wi-fiBarrie Trower makes a good case for keeping children and pregnant women out of close range of wireless communications.

This independent scientist talks a lot about what microwave radiation can do to the genes, especially those of a fetus who has no natural protection against them.

This is part 1 of a 13-part series well worth watching.

You owe it to yourself and your baby to watch this and protect yourselves.

Bellysonic has always been aware of the potential hazards of RF radio frequencies, especially on younger children, and pregnant women. Our product design, product literature and website includes information that addresses this issue.

Bellysonic, which is a non-wireless   listening accessory that comes standard with wire cable should be used with stand alone Mp3 players, smart phones that permit the phone application to be turned off, or conventional stereos. Most MP3 players are not WIRELESS, but those that are should be used with the wireless function turned off, or may be connected to the Bellysonic via the included audio cable (cable can be extended to its fullest length – approx 9 feet). See more about the Safety Guidelines for Bellysonic.

Additionally this is not to say a parent who is mature enough to research and make decisions for themselves is not capable of doing their own research, but the facts say that parents should exercise caution when placing anything WIFI near a pregnant woman.

Risky pregnancy drug raised daughters’ cancer odds

pregnant with a drugAh – the joys of modern drugs! Once again we discover that in the rush to produce another drug to help overcome antoher problems, they result is even more problems.

The Drug that Keeps on Giving!

A recent AP article reported the following wonderful news about a drug used almost 50 years ago:

A drug that millions of pregnant women took decades ago to prevent miscarriage and complications has put their daughters at higher risk for breast cancer and other health problems that are showing up now, a new federal study finds.

The report goes on to say that in the end it was discovered the drug didn’t work. So they didn’t help prevent miscarriages, but gave the gift of 2nd generation infertility and cancer.

DES, or diethylstilbestrol, was widely used in the United States, Europe and elsewhere from the 1940s through the 1960s to prevent miscarriage, premature birth, bleeding and other problems. Many companies made and sold it as pills, creams and other forms.

Studies later showed it didn’t work. The government told doctors to stop using it in pregnancy in 1971, after DES daughters in their late teens and 20s were found to be at higher risk of a rare form of vaginal cancer. Further research has tied DES to infertility and various pregnancy problems.

A Drug a Day Can Keep a Baby Away!

Ladies – take care! Be very wise about what drug you put in your body anytime, but especially when you are carrying another life!