Pregnancy can bring in a series of changes in your body. Some of them may bring out the best of you, many will prove to be quite challenging to accept, however. You will just have to compensate for any undesirable changes by concealing or accentuating the beauty that gives you the confidence and the grace to go through the day. It will make you feel better and ensure a healthier pregnancy as well.
There are so many beauty tips available online. What works best usually focus on removing or, at least, fading stretch marks, tips on losing weight and cellulite, as well as on applying makeup the proper way to instantly lift an expectant mom’s mood.
To help you feel and look more beautiful, here are some tips you may need to keep in mind.
- Eat right and you will feel right. Nutrition has been every primary care giver’s solution for a beautiful pregnancy. Stick to a balanced diet to maintain a desirable figure throughout your pregnancy. Actually, you need to do that even after your pregnancy is over. That will keep both you and your baby healthy, especially if you plan to breastfeed your newborn child. It will help if you can keep a diet plan for the week. You may also ask your doctor for one. Your primary caregiver might just be happy to provide you with that.
You will need to include fruits, vegetables, proteins, seeds, and other sources of essential nutrients. Remember that what you eat and drink will be your baby’s source of nourishment. You will need more folic acid, iron, and protein now that you are providing nourishment also for your baby.
Folic acid helps prevents birth defects in the baby’s brain and spinal cord known as neural tube defects. Sources of this essential nutrient include bread and pasta, beans, citrus fruits, and leafy greens. Calcium, on the other hand, is needed for the proper development of the baby’s bones and teeth. You can get calcium from these food sources: milk, yogurt, cheese, salmon, and other leafy greens.
Not getting enough iron for your baby may cause anemia, which may also lead to fatigue as well as a heightened risk of infection. Protein is also an essential nutrient and is called a builder nutrient as it helps build vital organs of your baby’s body.
You may also need some supplemental vitamins to ensure that you and your baby are receiving adequate nutrients. Ask your doctor for the dietary daily requirements.
- Drink lots of water. This flushes out the toxin from your body.
It will also help maintain a sufficient amount of amniotic fluid in the sac that will make the baby feel comfortable inside it. Drinking 8-10 glasses a day will also help keep you feeling refreshed all day. It can also lend a natural glow to your face.
- Stay beautiful in your belly. Starting in your second trimester, the baby inside your womb will start to develop at a faster rate. You will also start seeing unsightly pregnancy marks such as varicose veins and stretch marks. Belly cream for pregnancy and oils can help fade out those marks. Make sure that you use healthy creams. Talk to your doctor about the best cream that you can use at the moment.
- Keep your skin, hair, and nails gorgeous. Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy may cause your skin to be either dry or oily. Fortunately, there are safe make up for pregnancy that will work well with any type of skin. Just make sure that you opt for skin care and beauty products that will be safe as well as healthy for your skin. This will minimize any undesirable effect on your baby of any harmful ingredients that may be hidden on the product you will use.
You also need to be careful when outside as your skin can get easily burned. Always apply a full-spectrum water-repellent sunscreen every couple of hours when you are outside. This will give you full coverage even against UVA II rays. Wearing a protective clothing and accessories (hat and shades) will also minimize exposure to the sun.
- Take care of your breasts. Every part of your body will respond to your developing baby, including your breasts. You may find them looking fuller and bigger as the fetus inside your belly grows. This means you may need to look for bigger-sized bras. Opt for brassiers that are made of breathable and soft materials. They should also have deep wide straps and without much padding. You will need to fit in something that will make you feel comfortable throughout the day, so find one that won’t be constricting.
You may also need to find a hydrating lotion which you can apply on your breasts in the morning and at night. Your skin will stretch to accommodate your growing breasts. There may be times that you will see your nipples a little dry. Applying a hydrating lotion will soothe the dryness and moisturize them. For an inexpensive alternative, you can use coconut oil to massage your nipple and your breasts. You can also apply and massage small amounts of coconut oil on areas where there are visible marks of pregnancy. Coconut oil is proven to help repair and restore healthy skin tissues. You will see improvements in the texture as well as in the look of your skin where coconut oil is applied continuously.
- Get enough rest. You need to give your body and mind adequate rest to help all your body system to function properly. You will also feel relaxed throughout the day if you have at least 7 hours of rest.
- Do light exercises regularly. You can do simple exercises to keep your mind and body energized. It will also help you feel better after toxins are flushed out when you perspire while doing some light exercises like walking or swimming. You can also join a Lamaze or maternity yoga sessions and get to engage with other pregnant women. This will also be a learning experience where you can receive or give moral support to other women who are also pregnant. You can also ask your doctor for some pregnancy exercises you may do.
- Watch the scale. It is good to eat healthy, but you also have to watch your weight. This ensures that you will get to deliver a healthy baby as well. You can ask your doctor of the advisable weight gain for pregnant women.
- Enjoy your moments with your spouse. If you remain satisfied and happy throughout your interaction with your husband while pregnant, it will be easier for you to cope with childbearing later on. Let your better half share with the joy as well as the burden of pregnancy, so he can actively participate throughout your pregnancy.