A pregnant woman
"I think it is really important that women feel great the day of their delivery," says Murkoff. "It's a moment that you're going to catch forever. You're being photographed and videotaped and having tons of visitors, so you might as well look good."
On the practical side, this could be a mom's last chance to pamper themselves before Pampering their newborn.
"You're clearly going to want to get your hair blown out and get a manicure and pedicure before going into labor, because you are going to run out of time afterwards," says Lisa Fishman, a Manhattan doctor who practices internal medicine and women's health.
She would know. Fishman was unable to squeeze in a pedicure until four months after her daughter was born this past year.
"I used to go to this woman's house. She was bedridden with twins, and I would do her hair in case she ever went into labor because she wanted to look good in the pictures," says Karmela Lozina, a senior stylist at the John Sahag Workshop.
"This is Manhattan. It's called eccentric."
That's why Lozina barely batted an eye when her colleague Lindita Mehmedovic, a receptionist at the salon, had her hair done and also got a mani/pedi the morning of delivery - despite the fact that she was already having contractions.
"I wanted to look perfect when I had my baby," says Mehmedovic. "My husband thought it was funny. My hair held up pretty well."
Meanwhile, new mother Cannone admits her hair was the last thing on her mind once she actually went into labor. "But at least when I look back at the pictures of me holding my baby, I can say - other than how beautiful my son is - 'Oh, what a damn good manicure that is!'"
Pregnant pampering 101
Everyone knows you didn't practice safe sex, but if you're looking to primp before D-Day, be sure to practice safe spa. Medical experts agree that it's important for pregnant women to take precautions when engaging in any type of beauty procedure. According to J. Sisters' Jonice Padilha, skin can be extra sensitive during pregnancy, and even something as simple as a pedicure could be painful since women's feet will often swell during the nine-month period. You should always tell your beauty practitioner ahead of time that you are pregnant, and always do a patch test.
"Your hair, your skin, all behave differently and unpredictably when you are pregnant because of all the pregnancy hormones," says "What To Expect When You're Expecting" author Heidi Murkoff.
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