Spa Trends: Prenatal Treatments

Help expectant moms bump up their wellness regimens with stomach-soothing services that deliver.

Belly Love Spa

While most mommies-to-be can’t wait to welcome their little bundles of joy, they’re not quite so thrilled by the arrival of unsightly stretch marks. Belly Love Spa in Margate, Florida, aims to nip those little lines in the bud with its Yummy Tummy prenatal treatment (45 min./$65), featuring Mama Mio maternity products. “We start with a stretch mark oil, followed by a gentle brushing of the skin, which exfoliates and improves skin tone,” says Lindsey Boyle, client coordinator at the pregnancy spa, which offers sonograms in addition to its pre- and postnatal treatments. A concentrated serum and deep treatment mask are then applied to nourish and moisturize the stomach. While the mask is being absorbed, the esthetician tackles another common pregnancy problem—swelling—with a reviving leg and foot massage, which boosts overall circulation.

Asha Salon Spa

Every expectant mama is urged to drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated, but that advice doesn’t always extend to her skin. “Pregnant women don’t always think to moisturize their belly skin the way they should,” says Melissa Deady, an esthetician at Asha SalonSpa, which has several locations in and around Chicago. Enter the Hydrating Belly Facial (60 min./$95) from a dedicated mommy-to-be menu that also includes a Can’t See My Feet! Pedicure. Featuring botanical-rich Aveda products, the service was conceived to keep clients’ baby bumps soft and supple. Just like a regular facial, it begins with a thorough cleansing. Then, depending on the guest’s skin type and individual needs, a clay or micro-bead mask is applied to the area. The protocol is completed with a belly massage and hydrating mask formulated to help prevent stretch marks.

Alleviating Whispering Waters Day Spa

Alleviating Whispering Waters Day Spa in San Diego takes the all-natural approach too. Lizbeth Soto, spa manager, is well aware that pregnant women are extra cautious about what they put into their bodies, so her line of choice is Ilike Organic Skin Care, which eschews chemicals in favor of vitamins, fruit acids and bioflavonoids derived from real herbs, fruits and vegetables. The spa’s signature Belly Facial (50 min./$95) begins with a wash in hydrating nettles—“which have been found to be beneficial for cellulite and stretch marks,” according to master esthetician Elizabeth Higuera. Next comes an exfoliating mask containing spinach and horsetail. While that gets to work, the therapist performs a hand and arm skin treatment, then applies a tummy mask aimed at reducing cell degeneration. As the mask sets, clients are treated to a 20-minute invigorating scalp massage.