Managing Pregnancy Stress with Great Expectations Spa

We are thankful to partner with Great Expectations Spa for this post. As always, all our thoughts are proudly our own.

Pregnancy comes with SO many questions, even for veteran moms. Add in a global pandemic, and life can just feel down right scary when you’re getting ready to welcome a little one into this crazy world. There are many things you can do to help manage any pregnancy stress you may have, and while talking to your doctor about your concerns is one of the very best ways to help feel a bit more secure, there are also everyday things you can add in to your daily routine.

Managing Pregnancy Stress with Great Expectations Spa

Eating a healthy diet, exercising and making sure you are getting enough sleep are all ways to help contribute to a healthy and stress-less pregnancy. Stretching, yoga and breathing exercises are also an effective way to help you relax. And another great relaxation activity is routine massages, which may seem like a daunting task to achieve while taking proper COVID precautions but thankfully there is an in-home option now available in Houston.

Great Expectations Spa is the first mobile spa service in the Houston area that is designed exclusively for pregnant women and new moms by a Board Certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High Risk Pregnancy) physician, Dr. Amber Samuel. Their staff are trained in offering treatments, which are safe and soothing in all trimesters.

Having a specialty massage during your pregnancy may help to reduce buildup, as known as edema, improve your sleep quality and can decrease depression and anxiety.

“I get asked all the time about the benefits and safety of massage in pregnancy. There are numerous studies showing the benefit and no evidence suggesting it increased the risk of complications even in the first trimester,” says Dr. Amber Samuel, owner and founder of Great Expectations Spa.

According to a study from Infant Behavior & Development, women who receive prenatal massage not only have reduced depression, but they also tend to have reduced cortisol levels during the postpartum period. Their newborns are also less likely to be born prematurely, with low birth weight, and also have lower cortisol levels and perform better on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment habituation, orientation, and motor scales.

And Great Expectations Spa makes it so simple for expecting moms! Simply choose one of their physician-approved spa services and book online. Your therapist will arrive at your home with all the service essentials specifically curated for pregnancy such as sheets, towels, sound, and our organic luxury and certified pregnancy safe products. All you need is a quiet space to enjoy your relaxing experience!

Managing Pregnancy Stress with Great Expectations Spa

In the time of COVID, this is such a fantastic way to treat yourself, reduce pregnancy stress and take advantage of a little in-home pampering in a safe and comforting environment. What place is more relaxing to you than your home? And they offer a wide-array of services including couples massages, group sessions for baby showers and gender reveals, body scrubs and booking can all be done online.


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Ann Herlocher
Ann grew up in central Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State, where she met and later married her husband, Cory. They moved to Houston in 2007 and she started working in the nonprofit sector handling communications and marketing. She’s mom to three kids, Jack {June 2104}, Colin {September 2016}, and Abby {April 2019} and had every intention of being a working mom, but several months after their first was born her husband’s job led them to Calgary, Alberta Canada. After moving back to the area in September 2017, they gave up their previous inner loop status for suburban roots and are living in Spring. In her free time, Ann loves starting projects she never seems to finish, reading a good book and binge watching something other than Frozen or Dino Dan. Connect with her via Instagram {@annherlocher}.


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