Day spas and resorts are cuddling about-to-be moms, new moms, new babies and –sometimes — new dads, with celebratory packages.
A number of spas offer treatments made especially for expecting mothers, and some spa resorts have designed packages for new and expecting moms that consider the well-being of both mother and child. During pregnancy, baby-safe spa treatments can help circulation, improve complexion, and nourish skin, as well as relieve pregnancy-related aches and pains. Post birth, spa treatments designed with the new mother in mind provide relaxation and help alleviate stress. With the current “babymoon” trend in full swing, spas are more than happy to provide these special services, often available in extensive packages.
Some spas encourage new mothers to bring the baby along for yoga-with-baby classes, allowing moms to get in shape without having to leave their child’s side. By indulging in her health, relaxation and fitness, a new mother can decrease symptoms of post-partum depression.
New moms have every excuse to splurge on a spa day, so here’s a catalog of day and resort spas that either offer packages for pregnant women or are new-baby friendly. The wellness-conscious state of California boasts three such retreats, and there are other excellent programs available.
California New Mom Spas
Barefoot and Pregnant
PO Box 338
Corte Madera, CA 94925
This California spa is entirely dedicated to new and expecting mothers. The spa has a “board of advisors,” including leading obstetricians, certified nurse midwifes and anesthesiologists, that draw upon the knowledge of psychologists, doulas and exercise physiologists. Barefoot and Pregnant offers educational and exercise classes, spa services, and interactive group support (spa treatments and educational classes for dads-to-be, too) – all under one roof, offering convenience for the pre- and post-natal mother.
There are three locations at various hotels in California. If you don’t live locally, the spa has two unique getaway packages, in Sonoma County, CA and Sausalito, California. The spa has another location in Los Gatos, CA, but does not offer a specific package. “Expecting the Best” is a two-night, three-day retreat that includes two prenatal spa services, one massage for the dad-to-be, luxury accommodations, two in-room continental breakfasts, one Spa Menu dinner, and a complimentary gift basket.
The “And Baby Makes Three” package is a four-night getaway and includes everything in the first package with an additional spa treatment for both mom- and dad-to-be, and three additional meals. Add-ons include maternity photography and local sightseeing.
La Costa Resort and Spa
2100 Costa del Mar Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
This resort spa offers a day away from it all with the “Maternity Spa Journey” package, which includes a 50-minuyr mother’s massage, a facial, Spa Cafe lunch and a gift for baby. If you want to prolong your stay at the resort, you can book a spa package which includes one night’s accommodations, two spa treatments, and breakfast for two.
New Mom Spas Around the World
Accor Thalassa Les Sables-d’Olonne
Located in France’s legendary Western Loire, the Accor Thalassa Les Sables-d’Olonne is a gem in an area well-known for hydrotherapy. This institute, linked the hotel Mercure for guest accommodation, includes new mothers in a treatment plan designed to promote relaxation, build muscle tone, and beat the “baby blues.” Visits must be at least three months after the birth of your baby, and the package covers 27 treatments over six days, and includes exfoliating treatment, algae wraps, daily pool treatments and massages. Choices include a variety of showers, there is a baby swim session twice a week, and optional baby massage. Babysitting is available through the hotel upon request. Branches of this spa have also opened around France and Morocco.
Amore by the Sea Bed and Breakfast Inn
246 Delgada Rd
Victoria, BC V9C 3W2
888/828-4397 or 250/474-5505
This award-winning inn near Victoria, British Columbia has an ocean-front, semi-rural location for a relaxing getaway. The inn also offers a babymoon package with at least two nights accommodation, including massages for mom and dads to be, sparkling apple juice, and Roger’s chocolates.
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