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Preggy pampering - rite of passage!
When the body goes through so many changes, a little pampering is deserved.
"Please mommy, I want a candy cane, I really want a candy cane," wailed the three-year-old in the arms of the woman standing next to me at a carnival food-stall.

She sighed, firmly planted her toddler on the ground, gently gripped her at the shoulders and slowly cooed the following with as much motherly affection as she could muster: "Do you see stupid written across mommy's forehead sweetie? There is no way I'm going to give you sugar, especially not at six in the evening."

"These horrid candy stores!" she exclaimed as she glanced at my bulging six-month-preggars belly. And with a knowing smile and a wink, she whisked her clearly unhappy toddler off to the amusement-park section.

As a first-time mom-to-be I've seen my growing belly become my rite of passage into the motherhood clan. At times it's overwhelming, sometimes scary, but definitely comforting - just like those butterfly kicks from your baby - an unspoken but all-important connection.

With mothers it's almost like a visual-transferral of information - osmosis style. Don't under-estimate the eyes of the all-knowing mother.

But another pregnancy rite of passage happens to be the constant changes my body's going through.

While I've welcomed the energy spike of my second trimester, especially after most of my first was a sleepy blur dominated by severe bouts of nausea, the stresses of building my baby's now 1.2kg little body have started to take its toll slightly as I head into my third.

When my husband and I took an impromptu break in Bantry Bay, there's nothing I wanted more than a little indulgent spa pampering.

Obviously I was a bit hesitant. Almost all first-time moms go through the information overload phase I'm sure, taking 'knowledge is power' to the extreme.

Warnings and restrictions regarding the use of certain products are all over the place, not to mention how the risks of miscarriage or neural tube defects are heightened when raising your core body temperature, which is already up a degree or two.

So we did a bit of scouting around and I was delighted to discover the Pre-Natal treatment offered by the Sanctuary Spa Group.

We headed off to the one at the Twelve Apostles in Cape Town and all I can say is this is more necessity than luxury for any mom-to-be.

I'm in the throes of reading about four different books at the moment, three of them pregnancy related... it's that info overload thing again.

If I'm worried about labour I'll flip through my copy of Ask a Midwife, when comic relief is needed after a long day at the office I simply switch to The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy but I'm most enjoying Infant Massage by Vimala McClure.

It talks about the gift of touch and how dependent we as humans are on it for our emotional and mental development - your baby's skin is the main receptor to the new world it finds itself in and you'll be surprised how much of an effect your hands can have at this crucial time.

And as I indulged in The Moya Pregnancy experience, the benefits of touch therapy became even more real to me. It makes me excited about spending time massaging and stimulating my little bundle when he eventually arrives.

As an expecting mom you have a choice of any three out of five Pregnancy Experience treatments, making up one-and-a-half hours of pampering in total. This is convenient as you are able to tailor the experience to the physical demands your body is making at the time.

Treatments options include:

Moya Mini- Pedicure Experience – 30 minutes
A mini-pedicure to nourish the feet and maintain well-groomed feet throughout pregnancy.

- This is useful for when we can't reach those toes and who doesn't feel better when your feet are looking all glam.

Moya Mini-Manicure Experience – 30 minutes
A relaxing, calming and soothing treatment for the hands to maintain their well-groomed appearance throughout pregnancy.

- We have to look after our hands, they're going to be the main source of touch for our new little bundles.

Moya Relaxing Back Experience – 30 minutes
A combination of massage techniques to ease back aches and muscle tension with gentle flowing movements , using our uniquely designed therapy bed for mums to be , it has a special hole for the tummy.Moya Massage Butter is the first for massaging with and calms , relaxes and soothes the senses

- This was really relaxing and brought home how much my new bundle is going to enjoy being massaged.

Moya tension Alleviating Head Experience – 30 minutes
A deeply relaxing head massage to de-stress the scalp , including specialised lymph drainage to improve the radiance of the face.

- I chose this but found it the least beneficial, not only that my hair became a tangled mess.

Moya Foot Experience – 30 minutes
A relaxing and soothing foot massage to alleviate swollen and painful feet , leaving you ready to face another day

- I'd say this is a must, especially considering all the water retention and additional weight we're having to carry.

It's important to note that if you are concerned about any treatments, consult your gynaecologist first.

The Moya Pregnancy treatments are available at the following spas in your area:

  •     Urban Sanctuary Newlands Cape Town - (021) 683 7593
  •     Urban Sanctuary Fourways Gauteng - 0769506991
  •     Sanctuary at Majeka House Stellenbosch - (021) 880 1549
  •     Sanctuary at The Twelve Apostles - (021) 437 0677/41
Would you go for some pampering while pregnant?

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