Henna during pregnancy is an ancient practice practiced in many countries including Morocco and India. Traditionally, the henna is applied during the third trimester of pregnancy to both hands and feet. This process is both soothing and calming, and is thought to bless the mother and child, bring about an easy birth, and encourage a healthy baby.
As henna is incorporated into modern culture, women are increasingly using henna is to decorate the belly during pregnancy. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the body’s physical changes during pregnancy and embrace this special time. Baby showers and henna parties can be combined into a day of pampering and relaxation for the new expectant mom, her friends, and family.
Lounging while the lightly scented and cooling henna paste is applied to the skin is very calming and provides an opportunity to support and encourage an expecting mother. This is a wonderful time to quietly visit with friends while creating a joyous celebration of the last phase of pregnancy. Plus, everyone has a little reminder of the day together as the designs lasts over the next week or two.
Women often tell me they are planning to include photographs of their hennaed belly in their baby album. They want a special way to remember the pregnancy, what they looked and felt like. At Edmonton Henna we use only natural henna, lemon juice, sugar and lavender oil in our mixes for clients who are pregnant. Natural henna is incredibly safe for a healthy pregnancy.