Pregnancy is the time when your body will go through changes like never before. It will grow and stretch and your organs will literally reorganize within your body to accommodate for the baby. These are all major changes which will be reflected on your skin. From the popular “pregnancy glow” to stretch marks and breakouts, here’s how to care for your skin every step of your pregnancy and make sure you spend the nine months looking great.
Eat the right foods
We all know that pregnant women have cravings that aren’t always the healthiest nor the best for the skin. It’s often a lot of sugar, fried and pickled foods and other things that aren’t necessarily healthy. You need to control your cravings as much as possible to make sure that the foods you’re eating are fuel and not junk. Eating processed foods will make your face oilier and lots of sugar will make you break out even more. Try to keep you diet clean and balanced, with as many whole foods as you can fit in. When you get a craving, focus on texture rather than flavor. If you feel like eating some chips, grab some carrot and celery sticks dipped in humus for the crunch, or keep some popcorn nearby.
Remember that water is the most important ingredient in our bodies, and we want to drink as much as possible to make sure everything in our system is running smoothly. Water not only lubricates your body and replenishes you from the inside out, but it also aids digestion, which is something a lot of pregnant women have problems with, considering there’s a baby sitting on your bowels. It will also help when your skin starts to stretch to minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
Change your skincare routine
During your pregnancy, your hormones are all over the place, and that means your skin might become a completely different type. You want to visit a dermatologist and consult with them to find the best skincare for pregnancy that suits you. It will be free from any ingredients that can influence hormone production, because you don’t want anything interfering with the baby’s development by disturbing hormones. You’ll be safest if you use 100% natural, vegan and organic products, but everything is on the table as long as the ingredients are safe.
Treat your skin
You want to be really generous with your skin in this period. Pamper it like you never had before if you want it to stay clear and be taught and glowing. Firstly, take some time to learn how to make face masks from scratch. It’s usually a very simple process and you can make them from things you probably have at home, like honey, lemon juice, avocado and coconut oil. You want to find the right combination that will keep your skin hydrated and nourished. If you’re getting breakouts, mashing an aspirin and combining it with a little bit of water to create a paste is a safe way to reduce inflammation and swelling.
We all know that stress hormones can make your skin break out. And when you’re pregnant – especially for the first time – there’s going to be a lot of stress. Every time your breasts leak and you don’t have a change of clothes, every time you can’t reach your shoes over your belly and when jeans you just bought don’t fit anymore. It’s okay, take some deep breaths. Pregnancy yoga is a great way to get rid of stress and learning not to get fussed over small things is a very important skill to have after the kids are born.
The famous “pregnancy glow” comes from your blood vessels expanding and your skin becoming tighter and plumper. It’s not really a chemical change to the skin, as much as what’s going on underneath. But keep in mind that this doesn’t happen to all pregnant women, and if your skin is more dripping with oils than glowing – that doesn’t mean that you or your baby aren’t healthy and that anything is wrong – it just means your skin reacts differently. So take care and pamper your skin and it will make you feel better, no matter how it looks.