Do people tell you that you’ve been glowing ever since you told them that you are pregnant? Do you wonder whether it is real, or are the others just being kind with their compliments? Well, if these are questions that you have been pondering, then it may be a good idea to read our post below.
The pregnancy glow is one of the changes that women look forward to while they are pregnant. While, many believe that it is a myth, the fact is that it isn’t! It is real, and it occurs due to the increase or rush of hormones during pregnancy. If you’ve repeatedly been told you are glowing, consider yourself blessed and enjoy it while it lasts. In the meanwhile, read on and learn more about the myth or the truth of the pregnancy glow.
Causes Of Pregnancy Glow:
There is no specific reason for the pregnancy glow. However, let’s look at some probable causes:
1. Physiological Changes:
Studies conclude that it may occur due to the many physiological changes that happen in the body. It is also due to the influx of hormones; these hormones also cause the glands to produce more oil that in turn makes the skin shinier.
2. Increase In Blood Flow:
Another important factor that contributes to the pregnancy glow is the increase in blood flow. The volume of blood in women increases by a whopping 50%. This increase in the flow of blood also helps support the uterus.
3. Moisture Retention:
The skin retains most of the moisture during pregnancy, which leads to water-logging and swelling. The excess water helps smooth out wrinkles, and fine lines, which gives a pinkish glow to the skin. Inculcating essential fatty acids in the diet is crucial for a healthy skin. Low levels of omega-3s may lead to dryness and sensitivity (1).
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Skin Care Tips To Maintain The Pregnancy Glow:
Now that your skin is glowing during pregnancy, you want it to continue to as long as it can. So, here are some tips to help you along the way:
- While you are pregnant and you want treatment for any breakouts, consult your doctor first. He/she will be the best person to advise you.
- Stay away from soaps with high pH level. They can leave the skin vulnerable and prone to environmental damage.
- Avoid using salicylic acid for any breakouts, as they may lead to birth defects. The more you use it topically, the more your bloodstream absorbs.
- If you are prone to hyperpigmentation, it is best to avoid small soy. If you still eat them, reduce your intake to smaller amounts.
- Avoid using Retin-A, Retinol, and high doses of Vitamin A, unless your doctor prescribes it.
- Relive those days when only you and your partner knew the secret.
- Spend time in choosing the right maternity clothes to enhance that glow on your skin. You have the perfect excuse to get pampered, get that me time at the spa.
- Yoga can also help maintain that glow. So, join a pregnant women yoga class to keep your skin healthier than ever.
- Do some low-impact simple exercises or stretches. However, speak to the doctor about what kind of exercise should you perform and if there any exercises she doesn’t recommend put your feet up and relax. You won’t have the time to in the next few months.
[ Read: Skin Care During Pregnancy ]
How To Flaunt The Pregnancy Glow?
So, now that you know that the pregnancy glow isn’t just a myth. It is a real experience, and you need to enjoy the phase. It not only makes you feel good about your body, but it also makes you happy. And hey, who doesn’t want to be happy. So, here we list some ways for you to flaunt that pregnancy glow.
1. Flaunt The Positives:
If you have gorgeous legs, flaunt them by wearing a well-fitted dress. If you have toned arms, and delicate shoulders, you might want to wear a sleeveless blouse. Remember not to wear high heels or footwear that might be too uncomfortable, even if you are in the early stages of your pregnancy.
2. Spoil Yourself:
Pregnancy is also a phase when you can pamper yourself. You might not be able to do so for at least 6 months post-delivery. So go ahead and treat yourself with manicures, pedicures, and some head massages before you have to deal with dirty diapers and waking up at odd hours.
Yoga And The Pregnancy Glow:
While there are many ways to help you maintain that pregnancy glow, as we mention above, yoga is certainly the most effective one. Apart from treating symptoms of pregnancy like nausea and constipation, yoga boosts blood flow, enhances oxygenation, and stimulates the muscles. The right yoga poses can help prepare you for labor while helping maintain that glow all the while.
[ Read: Yoga During Pregnancy ]
Pregnancy-Friendly Yoga Poses During Pregnancy:
Yoga can be rather difficult, and all those weird contortions might have you thinking, could it be less difficult even without that ball attached to your stomach? But, don’t worry, pregnancy-friendly yoga poses help strengthen your body for delivery. We have compiled a list of pregnancy-friendly recipes for your benefit:
- Gentle Butterfly
- Cat Pose
- Neck Exercises
- Yogic Breathing
- Chair Yoga
- Mountain pose
- Bhramari Pranayama
Pregnancy changes the life for good; it makes you glow, gives you shinier hair and takes away the hassles of monthly periods. How cool is that? For many women, it is this time that they look their best because even the tiny vessels beneath the skin receive increased blood flow. The skin retains more moisture than it does in the normal course of time and makes it appear smoother. So, now that you know the secret of that glowing skin during pregnancy, keep smiling and keep glowing mommy.
Did you use any of the techniques to enhance your pregnancy glow, or did your hormones do the work for you? Tell us about your story here. Fellow moms would love to hear it. So, leave a comment in the box below.
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