'You shouldn’t put anything on your skin you wouldn’t eat'. This is the Vanessa Megan motto..
Being pregnant brings a heightened awareness of your body and what you are prepared to engage in now you are growing another human being inside you. If you haven’t already cut back on alcohol, this is usually the first thing to happen. Some do or don’t go caffeine-free but everything in moderation. Most avoid pre-packaged fruit and vegetables, ready to eat meats from sandwich bars, soft cheeses and cold/raw seafood, for fear of Listeria. Hot baths, saunas and spas are generally avoided to prevent over heating. Most women are pleased to discover that dyeing their hair and getting the occasional spray tan is ok (organic is best) but possibly less is more for the next nine months.
So what about your beauty routine? You should avoid skincare products with Vitamin A and Salicylic Acid to prevent ingredients penetrating the skin and entering the blood stream and forget those luxurious body wraps involving heating the body and high levels of mineral salts. Luckily one benefit of pregnancy is increased blood flow and volume which gives your skin a radiant glow and increased moisture retention may help blur fine lines to make you look fresh-faced!
Try our suggestions below to truly capitalise on your natural pregnancy glow.
Invest in a Belly Butter or Tummy and Body Oil. It will keep your skin soft and supple throughout your pregnancy and prevent irritation from skin stretching.
Buy yourself a cool new water bottle and keep it within reach. Drink plenty of water, at least 6 - 8 glasses a day. This helps with fatigue, headaches, overheating, constipation and haemorrhoids!
Enrol in a pregnancy yoga class to radiate beauty inside and out. It helps you to connect with your growing baby.
Spoil yourself with a beautiful and soothing Eye Mask which will allow you to get a bit of shut eye any time of the day as well as slip into deep relaxation either listening to music or meditating.
There is no doubt that most woman who become pregnant develop a renewed interest in their health. Make some basic adjustments to lifestyle, don't stress and invest in a lot of 'you' time. Light candles, read books, have a foot massage, go to the movies, get your hair blow-dried, go on dinner dates. Post baby these little luxuries are hard to find time for!
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