There’s something about being pregnant and water, so many women who ‘hate baths’ will tell you that now pregnant, they can’t get enough of them. Well, I’ve always loved a bath and being pregnant has only increased that adoration. The warmth, the bubbles, the relaxing aromas and the way it takes away all the strains from my muscles (and now) tensions around my bump, divine.
Most evenings now I’m in my third trimester, I’m having a bath, and it’s become a bit of a ritual. My 15 minutes peace to practice some breathing techniques, read my pregnancy books and just switch off from the day. None of the products I use or have featured are designed especially for mums to be, but here is my guide to creating a dreamy, spa like bath tub in your own home, whether you’re pregnant, a tired mama or just fancy a bit of me time.
While running the water, I dim the lights and light a scented candle – at the moment I’m using a few different ones. My ‘save’ option is either the sweet and spicy ‘No.3 Pomegranate’ by Aldi (below), or pictured above is ‘Relaxing Lavender‘ by DW Home, which has the most powerful burst of lavender scents (I’m saving the rest for my birth bag). Or for a treat, I love White Company candles, especially soothing ‘Seychelles‘, with notes of bergamont, vanilla and coconut, or a pregnancy must – the warmth of ‘White Lavender‘, with undertones of lemon and basil, both £20.
For me the water has to be deep and bubbly and admittedly, a bit hotter than my midwife would advise! I start by hanging one of these homemade bath bags (pictured below) over the taps, made for me by my Aunt, the natural hessian bag contains dried lavender and oatmeal, helping to make the water super soft. My current bath foam of choice is pictured below and above, Aromatic Bath Foam by Neal’s Yard Remedies, £15, which features lavender, marjoram and geranium essential oils. For a more everyday foam, I use Raspberry Kiss (or any other from their girlie range) by Treacle Moon – £3 – and then I just sit back and relax. And if bath foam is not for you, these Pink Fizz Bath Salts by Oliver Bonas (pictured below), will add a floral fragrance to your tub, £3.
I tend to remove my make up before getting in the bath, then I remove any product residue with the bath water and pat dry, and I’ll treat myself to a weekly face mask. My favourites at the moment are the sheet masks, the flannel like feeling on your face is calming, warming and relaxing and doesn’t leave that tight, drying, itching sensation that some mud and exfoliation masks can cause. If you haven’t tried one, do! You’ll love that soft, moisturised feeling straight after. My splurge mask is the 111 Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, £20, which uses hydrogel technology, 24k gold and Extract of Rosa Damascena for ultra-hydration, but for a more purse friendly facial, my go-to sheets are the Garnier Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydration Masks, £3, which you can often pick up on offer or 2 for 1.
Once out the bath and dry, I apply a rich evening body moisturiser, paying particular attention to my growing torso and legs. I love Neal’s Yard Remedies body Moisturisers for their rich, sleep inducing aromatic scents, which leave your body feeling silky soft. I love the Deliciously Ella range and currently using the Lime & Cucumber Body Lotion, £21, which is enriched with nourishing organic shea butter to lock in moisture. However for a more everyday evening lotion I use Dove Purely Pampering Body Lotion Shea Butter & warm Vanilla, (around) £5. Finally I apply a thick layer of budget busting Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream, (around) £5 a pot on offer, but RRP £10. For me night cream is essential, especially for new mums and ladies who suffer broken sleep. For those evening hours you spend mostly make up free, without a regular source of hydration from drinks, it’s important to moisturise and lock in hydration for your skin and help reduce the fine lines appearing from stress and broken sleep.
If you like, a gentle foot cream under a pair of slipper/bed socks will also help to lock in much needed moisturisation for tired, cracked soles, getting you ready for sandal season… summer! For me, I love Soap & Glory Hand Food and Heel Genius, both £5.50 at Boots, or my absolute fave is any hand cream by L’Occitane, always on my Birthday and Christmas list. Finally, last thing I’ll do after brushing my teeth before climbing into bed is apply a thick layer of hand cream and some soothing balm, currently Dr Paw Paw Original Balm, £6.95 to any dry patches on my face and lips, .
And there you have it, my evening bedtime routine.
For busy mums this might all sound a bit too much, but asides from a quick shower, hair and make up, I don’t do an awful lot in the morning, so evenings are time for me to catch up, when son is in bed and pamper, most of the products either live on the side of the tub or in my bedside draw, so easy to apply and reach for.