Summertime pregnancies can be tough in the South Florida heat. Thanks to Belly Love Spa’s summer specials, moms-to-be can feel a little better.
Belly Love Spa (3420 N.W. 62nd Ave., Margate) is the only pregnancy spa, ultrasound center and maternity boutique in Florida, says spa owner Shanna Feldman. It offers services especially tailored for pregnant women, as well as 3D/4D ultrasound services. The spa also sells clever gifts, such as the Heartbeat Keepsake, where the sound of a baby's heartbeat is recorded and made part of a stuffed animal.
The summer specials (extended for The Fit Life readers until Aug. 31) include:
the Simply Sweet Ultrasound for $129 (regular $159); a 50-min. pregnancy massage for $75 (regular $85); an 80 min. pregnancy massage for $105 (regular $115); airbrush tanning for $45 (regular $60); and the Get That Glow Facial for $70 (regular $79).
Curious about what a pregnancy spa entails? I spoke with Feldman to find out more about what her business offers.
(Note: Please research any medical claims. It’s always a good idea to speak with your obstetrician, first.)
Boca Mag: Why did you start the business?
Shanna Feldman: I had a really difficult pregnancy when I was pregnant with my daughter Jayden. I would constantly dream about a place like Belly Love, where I could get away and be in an atmosphere that was directly meant to ease the pain and discomfort I was going through, without hurting myself or Jayden. We are an oasis for pregnant women experiencing the not-so-pretty side of pregnancy.
BM: I’ve seen ads for spas that cater to pregnant women. What makes yours different?
SF: We are the only pregnancy spa, ultrasound center and maternity boutique. Every product that we use at Belly Love is natural and organic, so there is no harm to our moms and babies. Belly Love is the only spa that has most of their spa treatments exclusively for pregnant women. However, you don't have to be pregnant to come to Belly Love. We offer couples massages and everyday spa treatments, so women can bring their family and friends with them for a spa day.
BM: Does insurance cover the ultrasounds?
SF: Insurance covers the ultrasounds at the doctor’s office but not at Belly Love because [ultrasounds at the spa] are considered elective. A lot of doctors don't do the 3D/4D ultrasounds which is why we are a constant referral for them.
BM: What’s a pregnancy massage?
SF: Our massage therapists have gone through intensive prenatal training and can provide a safe full-body massage through all stages of pregnancy, which is another thing that makes us different from other spas as they will only perform prenatal massages during certain times of a pregnancy.
BM: Will you be offering new services for the fall/winter season?
SF: We will be implementing infant massages and infant massage classes … Infant massage is a bonding activity between parents and their children. In the most basic terms, infant or pediatric massage refers to the process of stroking the muscles of an infant, using a variety of specialized massage techniques.
For more information, go to bellylovespa.com or call 954/228-4772.
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Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on www.wordscomealive.com.