During pregnancy, you will experience hormonal and physical changes that aren’t always for the better. Don’t let your self-confidence take a hit, Mama! We’ve rounded up the best tips on how to take care of yourself during pregnancy!
How To Take Care Of Yourself During Pregnancy
Taking care of yourself during pregnancy is not easy. However, some good habits can help improve your skin during pregnancy.
1. Stay hydrated
During pregnancy, you must ensure adequate water levels in the body. Make sure you drink enough mineral water every day to help the body rid itself of toxins.
According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, women need about 2.7 liters of water per day.
2. Eat fruits and vegetables
In addition to drinking enough water every day, you also need to include fruits and vegetables in your pregnancy diet. They’re not only good for the health of the baby in the womb, but fruits and vegetables can also help prevent dull skin.
Some of the best skin-healthy fruits and vegetables are avocados, sweet potatoes, red or yellow bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, and red grapes
3. Wash your face regularly
During pregnancy, it is not uncommon for Mamas to experience dullness and breakouts. While pregnancy may sometimes make you feel sluggish and tired, try to stick to a pregnancy skincare routine and be diligent in washing your face every day.
It’s also best to switch to a pregnancy-safe face wash that doesn’t contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol, paraben, and SLS. And when you’re having breakouts, resist the urge to pop the pimples so it doesn’t scar or get infected.
4. Look after your hair and mind your makeup products
Another problem experienced by some pregnant women is hair loss (though it happens more often among postpartum women). If you experience this, many recommend getting a haircut so the hair loss isn’t as noticeable, skipping styling tools, and using postpartum hair loss shampoo and conditioner to alleviate the hair fall.
Should you be worried about applying makeup when you’re pregnant? It’s the products in your makeup that you should be worried about, Mama. It’s best to avoid alcohol-based products because they can dry out your skin even more. The pregnancy glow is real, so keep your makeup simple and let your natural glow take center stage, Mama!
5. Don’t be afraid to dress up
It’s no secret that wearing clothes that fits your new body and shows off your baby bump will instantly make you feel good about yourself. When choosing maternity clothes, don’t be afraid to step out of the maternity norm. Mix maternity tops with your favorite leggings or your airy maternity dress with a wedge heel (as long as you can still walk in them, that is).
6. Take care of your pregnancy belly
When you take care of your body, it somehow radiates off you. That’s why you also need to pay attention to your belly throughout your pregnancy. As your belly grows, your skin will stretch, get itchy, and become more prone to stretch marks.
To prevent stretch marks, we recommend applying Mama’s Choice Stretch Mark Cream regularly to keep the skin moisturized, soothe itchiness, and help prevent stretch marks.
We’ve done the worrying for you when we developed our stretch mark cream, too. You won’t find any harsh and harmful chemicals like paraben and alcohol.
Instead, we looked to nature for inspiration and carefully selected the best ingredients such as aloe vera, shea butter, olive oil, and jojoba oil. We combined it with the innovative Lipobelle Soyaglycone that enhances collagen production and improves skin elasticity and smoothness.
7. Avoid stress and keep moving
From wondering how painful childbirth can be to worrying about the health of your baby, all these thoughts can cause stress and show on your face. Try to avoid stress by focusing on uplifting activities, pregnancy-safe exercises, relaxation techniques, and more. Remember, stress can cause premature wrinkles, puffy eyes, dark circles, and more.
8. Get enough sleep every night
The fountain of youth may not exist, but do you know what is the closest to it? Sleep! To reap the beautiful benefits of sleep, try to enjoy 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Just what are the beauty perks you can enjoy when you’re getting enough sleep? Fewer wrinkles. A glowing complexion. Less puffy eyes. Healthier hair. Happier appearance. Best of all, you don’t have to spend a dime!
Hanna of Mama's Choice
A mama of one energetic toddler, Hanna likes to read books, watch baking shows, and play video games when her little one is asleep.