Hormones can really wreak havoc on your body during pregnancy which can affect the appearance of your skin, from a dull, lacklustre complexion to an outbreak of spots. Keep your skin scrupulously clean by cleansing thoroughly morning and night, and moisturise your face daily to maintain hydration. Opt for natural skincare products to avoid harsh chemicals that can strip the skin of its natural oils and block pores which can lead to outbreaks.
Stretch marks often come with the territory of pregnancy as your belly and breasts inevitably start to swell and you begin to gain weight. Genes play a huge part in your susceptibility to stretch marks and whether or not they can be prevented is open to debate. But you can give yourself a fighting chance by moisturising your body daily (focusing on your breasts, belly, hips, thighs and bum) with an intensive natural body oil or body butter such as the oh-lief Natural Olive Tummy Wax, to aid the elasticity of skin and help prevent tearing.
Skin suppleness can also be aided from within by keeping your body stocked up with essential fatty acids, which will help skin to stay nourished and protected against stretching and scarring. Udo’s Choice Ultimate Blend Oil is an excellent way to supply your body with the most beneficial balance of essential fatty acids; just incorporate 3 tablespoons in your daily diet. This will also provide your developing baby with an essential supply of omega 3, helping to prevent depletion within your own body which can lead to heightened post-natal mood swings.
Hydration is imperative for beautiful skin and this becomes even more important during pregnancy, when both your body and your baby are in need of water. Ensure you drink at least the recommended 8 glasses of water a day and stay hydrated in the heat.
Swollen feet during later pregnancy can be caused by fluid retention in the body. To combat this try moving around regularly, keep your feet elevated when seated and try not to get overheated, which can exacerbate the problem.
Beauty sleep cannot be over-rated, especially during pregnancy. If you are feeling tired, give yourself a nap when opportunity allows – not only will you be doing your body (and sanity) a favour, you’ll also look better for it, too.
Article by Jenni Retourné from Style with Substance.