One of the most important rituals in Ayurveda is the abhyanga massage – that’s a full body massage with oil. To name a few of the healing properties of these nourishing oils: putting paid to sensitive or itchy skin – and minimising stretch marks. Ayurveda practitioners say it's safest to avoid this massage during the first trimester but after then, you're free to have as many times as you like. Just make sure you tell your therapist you're pregnant so she doesn't awkwardly have to ask.
The foetus-friendly benefits of Ayurvedic massage
Your body does some pretty crazy stuff to cope with the hormonal rollercoaster that is pregnancy – sleepless nights or random increase in body hair, anyone? On the outside, we’re sure you’re a glowing embodiment of inner peace. But if on the inside it’s a different story, that’s where Ayurveda comes in. The ancient Indian health care system that treats mind, body and soul can make a difference whether you’re not yet showing or about to pop.