Looking Good During Pregnancy
Now that you know you are pregnant, you are embarking on one of the happiest phase in a couple’s life. And yet it is also a physiological burden on the mother’s body as the body goes through innumerable changes which manifest in poor skin and falling hair apart from a different shape of the body.
While taking care of the new life is imperative, taking care of yourself and looking good is equally important for a positive attitude and high self esteem.
- Keep it simple: Comfortable clothes with clean cuts and smaller patterns look good during this time. Use solid colours and avoid over accessorizing. Invest in a good pair of maternity jeans.
- Watch your posture: An incorrect and slouchy posture not just looks bad but also causes back strain. Walk straight consciously.
- Invest in good comfortable shoes: There may be a slight increase in the shoe size too.
- Exercise regularly: Keep your body healthy and prepare for childbirth but do consult your doctor regarding the best suitable exercises for you
- Eat well: Eat a balanced diet and include a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and dairy. Avoid processed and packed food
- Make water your best friend: It keeps your skin looking fresh and radiant and flushes toxins from your body
- Stay happy and calm: Enjoy your hobbies, read books, listen to music and meditate as per your interest
If you are lucky, thick shiny hair could be a bonus of pregnancy, but sometimes greasy hair becomes oilier while dry hair gets even more brittle. There may be hair fall too while facial and body hair tends to darken.
- If the hair is dry and brittle, use a mild shampoo and a good conditioner and stop yourself from rigorous brushing.
- Wash oily hair often to keep it shiny
- Avoid chemical treatments as far as possible
- Transform your hairstyle as per your changing body by trying new hairstyles and fashionable accessories.
Normally skin texture improves during pregnancy, however sometimes the skin becomes dry or greasy or even spotty.
- Clean the skin thoroughly. Moisture it if it is too dry and add a few drops of oil in the bath. Use as little soap as possible.
- Use subtle shades to give a natural glow and use a concealer to avoid dark circles. When using make up, please make sure the product is mercury and lead free.
Skin pigmentation is a common occurrence during pregnancy while moles and birthmarks darken and grow in size. A brown line appears on the stomach and a brownish patch could develop across the face and neck.
- Avoid strong sunlight as that tends to make the pigmentation worse
- Always use a sunscreen with a strong filter
- Do not bleach your face
- Don’t stress or worry because most of these will disappear after pregnancy
- Sleep and rest as much as possible
The nails may split and break more easily so wear gloves while doing household chores. A diet rich in vitamin E makes the nails strong so focus on a nutritious diet.
Stay happy, relaxed and calm and enjoy this beautiful period in your life.
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