(Tr)Eating for Two: Pregnancy-Friendly Hair, Beauty & Wellness

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Practising at her Osteo Allies clinic with her sister Reena and team, Anisha Joshi is on a mission to make osteopathy accessible for all. Favouring prevention over cure, Anisha would prefer to see you hop, skip and jump into her clinic rather than crawling over the threshold on crutches with a prolapsed disc or two. Osteopathy is ideal during pregnancy due to the hormone relaxin (which relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis and softens and widens the cervix) circulating throughout the body in advance of birth. A light touch and some pressure on key points is especially effective in resolving niggles that are keeping you awake at night or relieving tensions that you didn't even know existed until touched. Anisha works her physiological magic with her hands, but also with her eyes. By performing a spine analysis, monitoring sitting posture and asking a few innocuous questions, Anisha can tell you more about your body and wellbeing than you'd learn in a fully fledged therapy session. A must-have treatment during pregnancy and beyond. Osteo Allies

With the flair and lightness of touch of the Italian Old Masters, Florence- native Domenico Casella paints and sculpts colour free-hand into freshly cut hair, meaning every streak and has been strategically placed and considered. This revolutionary technique, known as Shatush, creates subtle yet long-lasting results. Similar to balayage, Shatush uses incredibly natural-looking sun- kissed placement of colour, so you can spend less time in the salon worrying about touch-ups and more time at home in your cuddle (read: baby spit) bubble. For added peace of mind, the Neville team solely uses Phillip Martin's, an organic, cruelty-free and non-toxic haircare brand. Neville Hair & Beauty

Massage and all things bodywork are definitely best left in the hands of the experts during pregnancy. Recommended after 12 weeks, this prenatal massage is a treatment so transformative that we reckon it should be available on prescription for all mums-to-be. Ninety or 60 minutes spent tucked away in Akasha, the subterranean spa at Hotel Caf Royal, is nothing short of a pinch- me moment. This fantastical reality includes a pressure point shoulder and back massage, a leg massage, and a full scalp massage using a choice of pregnancy- friendly oils, including rose and almond. Everything takes place as you lie on your left and then right side, with pillows and towels propping you up in all the right places. One for the top of the baby shower gift list. Akasha at Hotel Caf Royal

Devised during the lockdown shop closures, Nudea's DIY bra measuring Fit Tape Kit is ideal for those shielding or who can't be bothered to traipse to a shop every couple of weeks as their bra gets tighter and tighter. Eliminate the impractical guesswork and invest in some comfy, non-wired and accurately fitting hardware, all in the comfort of your own home. Much like child-rearing, think of this one as playing the long gameyour bust and back will thank you, eventually. Nudea

Flavia Morellato is a certified physiotherapist, lymphatic drainage guru and mind-boggling body whisperer. Whilst the phrase instant results can often be quite ambitious, Flavia's self-developed method is wizardry-in-motion. Lymphatic drainage is a detoxifying massage, improving metabolism and circulation while reducing swelling and discomfort. It is ideal during that early is it bloat or baby bump? stage between the first and second trimestersthanks, increased hormone production, sodium reabsorption and water retentionas well as postpartum. If you can't quite believe it, check out her many testimonials on the 'gram, including from a familiar face or two Flavia Morellato

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