Why every expecting mom should have a pampering session

Living & Loving’s managing editor, Nandini Parshotam recently spend a blissful day at Sherbet Angel being pampered from top to toe.

Every preggy mom-to-be needs some pampering, especially towards the end of her pregnancy when backaches, swollen legs and other niggles start to surface. I was fortunate enough to be invited by Sherbet Angel in Parkhurst, Johannesburg to come in for a pregnancy pampering session.  Owned and run by a mom and daughter duo, Jo and Lisa, this spa specialises in anti-ageing facials, nails and massage treatments but it was their pre- and post pregnancy treatments that caught my eye. And the products they use to make a mommy-to-be feel extra special is the Mama Mio pregnancy skincare range – simply divine.

After being welcomed warmly and shown around the quaint and beautifully decorated spa, I was  taken to my massage room for their gorgeous glow top-to-toe package. The afternoon kicked off with the pregnancy back massage: As a pregnant woman you don’t realise just how much strain your body is carrying with the weight of your growing baby. So it felt wonderful lying on my side while having someone ease and gently massage my aching muscles. I very quickly slipped into a dream-like state; I think I even snored at one point. When it was time for my pregnancy facial, my relaxed body again sank into the massage bed, my face was gently exfoliated, cleansed, steamed and then lathered in a luscious mask to enhance that talked about pregnancy glow.

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As I slowly came out of my relaxed state, I was taken to the pedicure area, where I was asked to take a seat on one of the thrones – yes thrones. And over a cup of refreshing herbal tea the lighten up leg treatment began. This treatment was cooling as it done to help relieve swollen feet and ankles. While I have been fortunate not to have swollen feet during my pregnancy, this treatment did feel wonderful. Once this was done, the express foot treatment started. One thing I miss doing myself is a mini pedi at home, but now that I have this growing belly, reaching my toes have become impossible. So I delighted in the fact that my feet where pampered with a massage, scrub, file, moisturized and then made to look so pretty with a lovely pink shade on my toes. Three hours later, I was truly in a state of complete bliss.

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Even though it’s not always possible, a little pamper time makes such a difference to any women’s mood. For a pregnant fairy, this couldn’t be more true. As our bodies change to accommodate our growing bumps and with hormones raging, you don’t always feel your pretty self. So why not spoil yourself (or get your other half to spoil you) during this time, after all you are carrying precious cargo.

For more info on what pregnancy packages Sherbet Angel has to offer, visit www.sherbetangel.co.za and to see Mama Mio’s full pregnancy skincare range and as well as their post pregnancy range, visit www.mioskincare.com/mama-mio.html

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Nandini was 32 weeks pregnant at the time of her visit to the Spa. She and her husband welcomed their beautiful baby girl into the world on Friday 29 August! Congrats Mom and Dad!

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