Don’t let instagram mumfluencers or Meghan Markle fool you. The pregnancy glow is not all there is to growing a baby. Pregnant mums-to-be often suffer from morning sickness, swollen feet and backaches, which are no fun at all.
Currently a mum-to-be yourself? To reward yourself for faithfully eating good food, restricting yourself from alcohol and tolerating massive changes in your body, you may want to pamper yourself with a prenatal massage.
Now that you are pregnant, you probably can’t go back to your usual masseuse. You will need a special massage therapist who understands how to massage your body in a way that does not cause stress to the little foetus in your womb.
You may be wondering… are prenatal massages safe?
Pregnancy is not a sickness. You can continue to do most of the things you enjoy, including getting massages. But you should know when to go and who to go to.
When should you go? You can have a prenatal massage at anytime during your pregnancy, although some might advise to avoid them during your first trimester, mainly due to morning sickness. But if you are blessed and you don’t suffer from nausea at all, there is no issue. Prenatal massages will not trigger miscarriages or early deliveries.
Of course, go to someone who specialises in prenatal massages. They must know how to position your body to give your belly space and avoid essential oils that can trigger contractions such as cinnamon clove, rosemary, clary sage and jasmine.
Generally, if you are having a healthy pregnancy, a massage promotes blood circulation and relaxes you. However, if you are suffering from high-risk complications such as high blood pressure, preeclampsia or have been prescribed bed rest, then avoid them to be safe than sorry.
Note that there are some points on your feet that may induce labour if massaged. Either avoid foot massages, or make sure you’re going to a foot reflexologist who knows how to massage the feet of pregnant women.
Top 7 prenatal massage places to go in Singapore
|Spa / Salon||Prenatal massage||Price|
|Nimble/Knead||60-min Rock-a-Bye Mummy||$84|
|La Source Spa||60-min La Prenatal||$138|
60-min Lush Prenatal Massage
90-min Lush Prenatal Massage
|AFOND Spa||90-min Prenatal Massage||$168|
|So SPA Sentosa||
60-min Mummy-to-be Cocoon Massage
2-hr Mum Time-out
90-min Prenatal Massage
2hr 30 min Sweet Expectations spa
60-min Prenatal Care
90-min Prenatal Care
2hr 30min Happy Mom-to-be
2hr 30min Couple Babymoon
For pregnant women: 60-min Rock-a-Bye Mummy ($84)
Shipping containers have been turned into home and cafés, so why not a spa? Hipsters will love the industrial chic interiors of boutique spa Nimble/Knead at Tiong Bahru. They cheekily promise “free shipping to anywhere you mind takes you”.
They offer Thai, Balinese, Swedish, Chinese and even a fusion of Thai and Japanese massage types. You can complete your treatment with a jacuzzi bath and soothing ginger tea in their charming back garden.
Their prenatal massage – Rock-a-Bye Mummy – promises to relieve you of tension in your shoulders, neck and head so you can sleep like a baby.
Address: 66 Eng Watt Street #01-28 Tiong Bahru Estate Singapore 160066
Contact number: 6438 3933
Email: [email protected]
2. La Source Spa
For pregnant women: 60-min La Prenatal ($138)
La Source Spa is an award-winning luxury spa that uses its own line of skincare products INNI. Short for infinity, it was developed with a Canadian skincare lab and uses only natural ingredients like lavender, tea-tree oil and Heilmorr clay from Austria which has anti-ageing properties.
Aside to massages, they do premium hair, facial and skincare treatments, hair salon services, eyebrow embroidery, and body and face contouring.
Their massage for mums-to-be is named La Prenatal Massage (60 minutes). It involves slow strokes to soothe muscles and relieve pain as well as ease water retention.
Mummies say the treatment is super relaxing and the masseuses are very thorough and knowledgeable. They can even recommend soothing oils for pregnancy-related eczema.
Address: 15 Scotts Road Thong Teck Building #01-03/04 Singapore 228218
Contact number: 6732 1318
3. Lush Spa
For pregnant women: 60-min Lush Prenatal Massage ($140) and 90-min Lush Prenatal Massage ($180)
This boutique spa with a Balinese theme sits within the Singapore Polo Club, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Each of their 6 therapy rooms in Lush Spa has a private en suite shower.
Their Lush Prenatal massage has 2 versions – 60 minutes ($140) and 90 minutes ($180). The massage features long, relaxing strokes with obstetrically-tested Decleor Anti-Stretchmark balm. You can also prevent those pesky stretch marks while enjoying your massage at the same time.
You may also go for facials, foot care treatments, body contouring and spa packages.
Address: 80 Mount Pleasant RoadSingapore Polo Club Singapore 298334
Contact number: 6254 9091
4. AFOND Spa
For pregnant women: 90-min Prenatal Massage ($168)
“AFOND” is French for being thorough and AFOND Spa seems to live up to it.
Almost two decades old, AFOND Spa is a Category 1 Spa, the highest accolade the Singapore Spa Association can accord a day spa. Their prenatal and postnatal Body Massage is award-winning so you know you are in good hands. Designed to relieve the stress and strain of carrying a child, the massage comes with advice on diet and exercise regimes.
Their other offerings are extensive – body wraps, scrubs and massages; back, foot, and shoulder and neck massages; facials; waxes; slimming and firming treatments; jacuzzi baths; and infrared sauna sessions.
Don’t expect French sophistication within, though. Their interior is a fusion of oriental allure with modern accents. Perhaps they want to reflect their Chinatown location.
Address: 263 South Bridge Road Singapore 058812
Contact number: 6836 0676
Email: [email protected]
5. So SPA Sentosa @ Sofitel
For pregnant women: 60-min Mummy-to-be Cocoon Massage ($180) or 2-hour Mum Time-out ($310)
A trip to So SPA at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa feels like a mini holiday. Housed in a former military barracks now marked as a heritage building, the spa’s tropical setting is made complete with a gurgling mini waterfall and the signature scent of the hotel (yeah, Sofitel has its own fragrance that is a heady mix of bergamot, white rose and jasmine of Grasse). Massages are presented like a full course meal, named starters, mains, sides and desserts.
If you’re pregnant, go for the Mother-to-be Cocoon Massage, an hour-long affair that works on your legs and back to improve blood circulation and relax your muscles. Or, if that’s not enough, go for the 2-hour Mum Time-out ($310) which includes your choice of a body and scalp massage or yoga followed by an hour-long massage then lunch at the Garden restaurant.
Note that they only massage mums-to-be who have past their first trimester and aren’t in their 9th month of pregnancy.
Those who have tried So SPA Sentosa rave about the perks that come with the massages. With every minimum 1-hour massage, you get free access to their other spa facilities. There is a spa garden with a lap pool, float pool and mud pool where you can detox as you soak in the Moroccan Rhassoul clay. Then you can wander the stone path of the Meditation Labyrinth. Indoors, there is a heated jacuzzi, cold pool and steam room. You can really make a day of it.
Address: 2 Bukit Manis Road SentosaSofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore 099891
Contact number: 6708 8310
Email: [email protected]
6. ESTHEVA Spa
For pregnant women: 90-min Prenatal Massage ($185) or 2hr 30 min Sweet Expectations spa package ($310)
This decades-old spa has an impressive track record. ESTHEVA Spa won Singapore’s Top Luxury Day Spa 10 years in a row. Moving from its old premise in Raffles Hotel to Marina Mandarin in 2017, it continues to draw regular customers.
Their facilities are inspired by the natural thermal spas of Southern Italy and their list of treatments is varied. They offer anti-ageing treatments, foot and hand treatments, body and face care, massages, waxes, lifestyle spa treatments, and wellness packages.
What they’re most known for is chocolate-inspired treatments. They are also the first to introduce spa parties, so if you want to have a day out with a group of girlfriends, they can offer a package.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard #05-00 Marina Mandarin Singapore Singapore 039594
Contact number: 6266 6833
7. Auriga Spa @ Capella Hotel
For pregnant women:
- 60-min Pre- or Post-natal Care ($190)
- 90-min Pre- or Post-natal Care ($260)
- 2 hour 30 min Happy Mom-to-be ($368)
- Couple Babymoon package ($718)
Auriga Spa at Capella Hotel offers a wide variety for the pregnant mum. The Auriga Spa is the first in Singapore to have received a 5-star status from Forbes Travel Guide. Auriga Spa plays to their Sentosa location, with 9 spa suites, each with its own private garden.
Their treatments are designed to nourish body and mind naturally and holistically. Traditional techniques, as well as organic and natural products are used.
They have 4 treatments for mums under their Mother Wellness Experiences. Their hour-long Prenatal Care aims to ease muscle tension and fatigue, and nourish the skin ($190). If you think an hour isn’t enough, you can opt for the 90-minute treatment ($260).
The 2hr 30min Happy Mom-to-be treatment ($368) adds an organic rose facial, hair and scalp treatment and afternoon tea to the prenatal massage. Daddies can join the fun with the Couple Babymoon package ($718).
Along with the treatment, you get to use Auriga Spa’s other facilities – herbal steam room, ice fountain, vitality pool. This lets you extend your tranquil escape and stretch that dollar because, let’s face it, their treatments aren’t cheap.
Mums-to-be love their massage bed that is customisable and the special body pillow so that they can lie down comfortably.
Address: 1 The Knolls Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
Contact number: 6377 8888
Email: [email protected]
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