10 Essential Beauty Tips For Pregnant Women

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Hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy might have an impact on your appearance. While pregnancy gives each woman a natural glow due to the joy and excitement she experiences, it can also cause various skin concerns. However, several easy and safe pregnancy beauty tips can help you take care of yourself while enjoying your pregnancy journey. If you’re worried about your beauty during pregnancy, read this post for some helpful advice to follow during your nine months for a safe and beautiful pregnancy.

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Beauty Tips During Pregnancy

How to look beautiful during pregnancy is a question every would be mom comes by. As we know a sound mind and body enhances beauty, so to ease your worry we have compiled 10 effective ways to help you enjoy your beauty during your special phase of life.

 1. Drinking Water – is the Mantra:

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During pregnancy, you need to consume lots of water during the day. This will help in filtering and washing out toxins from your body. Further, water helps in maintaining the right amount of amniotic fluid in your body. If you have not yet added this essential tip, add it quickly, as this is good for you and your baby’s health. Drink at least 2 liters of water a day.

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If drinking plain water gets boring, add mint leaves, lemon slices, or sliced fruits to a glass of water to make refreshing infused drinks.

 2. Right Food:

You need to be extra cautious on what you are eating and how healthy it is during pregnancy. It’s advisable to consult your doctor for a diet chart, including lists of food types you need to get the right amount of nutrition. Follow that chart religiously. Eat healthy, as it is important for the growth of your baby.

3. Sleep:

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Fatigue and insomnia are common symptoms that expectant mothers experience, especially during the first trimester. The American Pregnancy Association (APA) estimates that about 78% of all pregnant women experience insomnia. And to help deal with such discomforts, proper rest is essential because that’s when your body and mind rejuvenate. Make sure you catch enough sleep so that your body feels less fatigued. Make yourself comfortable when you go to sleep. Sleep on your left side, use sufficient pillows, and maintain a consistent sleep schedule to ensure comfortable sleep during pregnancy.

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Inadequate sleep during pregnancy may raise your risk of developing pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia (2).

4. Right Weight:

You need to watch your weight while pregnant. Some would be moms might take it as a chance to eat anything and everything without being worried about the weight. While it is natural to gain weight during pregnancy, it is not healthy to gain it in a wrong way. Weight gained by eating junk food definitely does not help. Always stick to a right diet, you can consult your doctor for better suggestions.

 5. Exercise:

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Yes, it is important! There are certain exercises that are recommended for pregnant women. You can join maternity yoga or Lamaze classes designed especially for prenatal care and get to meet other expectant mothers and learn from their experiences. You can also consult your doctor and get guidance on gentle sports you can indulge in.

6. Avoid Stretch Marks:

Most new mommies complain about stretch marks after pregnancy. You might want to tackle this concerning issue during your pre-motherhood phase. Use a stretch mark cream advised to you or pick one from the best-selling line. Use it on a daily basis and gently massage your belly.

A blogger and a mother of one, Aimee Song, shares in her video how belly oils helped her reduce stretch marks. She says, “I have been preventing stretch marks from the very beginning using three different bunch of body oils; I have been using them on rotation every day. She adds, “Make sure, whatever oils you use are pregnancy safe and also safe for sensitive skin because I feel during pregnancy our skin is a bit more sensitive (i).”

7. Enhance Your Curves:

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Baby bumps are cute, flaunt them! While going out, make sure you dress in a way that enhances your curves. A woman’s body is beautiful during pregnancy. Pregnant belly gives them extra curves. Use this chance to wear dresses that hug your body nicely and show off those beautiful curves before childbirth.

8. Skin Care:

Beauty care during pregnancy includes skin care regimes, preferably plant-based or herbal, after regular intervals. Due to changes in hormones, there might be certain minor skin damage. You can use skincare products according to your skin type, but ensure the ingredients don’t list harmful chemicals. Some skincare products to avoid during pregnancy include retinoids, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, formaldehyde, phthalates, chemical sunscreens, and essential oils. These products are mostly found in anti-aging and acne products, although you may find them in other skincare products as well. These products must be avoided due to their potential to be absorbed by the skin, reaching the fetus and potentially harming it.

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Always wear sunscreen when going outside. Choose one that is water-resistant, has a high SPF (sun protection factor), and protects against UV-A and UV-B rays (3).

9. Make-Up:

A woman can never go wrong with make-up! You have bags under your eyes, use a concealer. Got spots on the face due to hormonal changes, foundation is a savior. Make-up covers up for everything. Again, go with brands that do not use harsh chemicals in their products.

 10. Relax:

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Last but most important point to remember is to relax! Include breaks in your schedule. Lie down for a while when you get the chance, as relaxation is important for the wellness of your body. Pregnancy can be very stressful, but make sure you do not let that get to you. The more relaxed you are, the prettier you look!

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also affect a pregnant woman’s skin texture and quality. Therefore, we have put together these self-care tips to help you take care of your skin and maintain the pregnancy glow. Having sufficient water and following a well-balanced diet are the keys to maintaining healthy skin. Also, remember to smile, as it enhances your pregnancy glow and makes you exude confidence and look beautiful.

Infographic: How To Feel And Remain Beautiful When Pregnant?

Many times, pregnancy-related symptoms might make a pregnant woman feel less confident. Therefore, you need to take extra care of yourself during pregnancy. Check out the infographic below to explore some essential tips to help maintain your beauty during pregnancy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I get facials done when pregnant?

Yes, but they should be done under expert supervision. You may visit an esthetician or a dermatologist for a safe experience (1). But you should avoid undergoing chemical peel or dermabrasion treatments during your pregnancy.

2. Can I wax my pregnant belly?

Yes, it is safe if you visit a professional salon to wax your belly during pregnancy. However, ensure they have cleaned and sterilized the equipment to avoid the risk of infection. But you may avoid it during the first trimester as a precautionary measure.

3. Are there any specific nutrients or supplements that can help improve the health of my skin and hair during pregnancy?

Nutrients such as vitamins D and A are known to promote healthy skin during pregnancy. They can be obtained from fortified milk, fatty fish, green leafy vegetables, carrots, and sweet potatoes. On the other hand, biotin and antioxidant-containing nutrients and minerals such as vitamins C and E and zinc may be consumed for hair growth and protection of hair follicles (4) (5).

4. Is it safe to dye or bleach my hair during pregnancy, and if not, are there any natural alternatives?

Hair dyes or hair bleaching products are generally considered safe during pregnancy as long as it is used with precautions such as using gloves, leaving the dye on for a minimum time, and working in a ventilated room. In addition, these products do not penetrate the skin and contain low amounts of chemicals that are not enough to cause harm. Alternatively, you may try safer and natural dyes such as henna (6) (7).

Key Pointers

  • Drinking at least 2 liters of water per day during pregnancy can help the body eliminate toxins.
  • Create a diet chart with your doctor to determine what foods to eat and avoid during pregnancy.
  • Maintaining regular exercise and sleeping on time is crucial for maintaining mental and physical health during pregnancy.
  • Keep your skin healthy and glowing by choosing natural or chemical-free products.
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  5. Pregnancy and Hair Loss.
  6. Is it safe to use hair dye when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding? NHS
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