Pregnancy lasts a short nine months, although it can seem like a lifetime when you’re dying to meet your little bundle of joy! Although many women complain about bad skin or swollen feet, maternity is also a time when we can enjoy some major beauty bonuses! Thick shiny hair and strong fingernails are just a few ways that this special time of can really make us look spectacular.
Read on to find out how you can maximize your glow before a baby is born.
Focus on your Health
Before getting into the specifics, it’s important that we talk about how to work on your glow from an integral health standpoint. You’ll want to do everything you can to encourage beauty from the inside out.
Consume a healthy, nutrient-rich diet based on whole grains and lean proteins. You really can’t expect to look radiant when you’re eating junk! Power foods like avocados, olive oil, blueberries and flaxseed are well recognized for their contributions to healthy hair and skin. Plus, they’ll make you feel fantastic.
You’ll also want to be sure to practice light exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. Things like walking, yoga and swimming will keep your blood circulating well, bringing vital energy to every part of your body. Try to work up a mild sweat- this will help cleanse your pores.
Also, keep stress to a minimum and sleep as much as possible- you need your beauty rest!
Skincare Regimen for Mothers-to-Be
Take advantage of maternity to improve your morning and evening skin routines. In the mornings, cleanse your skin with a gentle, oil-free cream cleanser before applying a sun-protective moisturizer (no matter your complexion).
Give yourself a slight make-under by reducing the amount of makeup you wear- go for a natural look and really let your glow speak for yourself!
In the evenings, carefully cleanse your face with warm (not hot) water and apply a deep moisturizer or night cream. You’ll also want to be sure to exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells that make your face look dull.
During pregnancy you actually lose fewer hairs per day, resulting in a mane of thicker, healthier hair than you may be used to. But, this doesn’t mean you should just let it grow wild.
Visit your stylist regularly for routine trims and shaping. Sometimes just the salon cleansing process can rid your hair of build-up from your normal shampoo. Be sure to invest in a decent shampoo and conditioner for use at home as well; as any professional can tell you, what you get at the grocery store is basically just well-packaged dish detergent.
Keep your Nails in Tip Top Shape
Make the most of those long, strong fingernails and toenails by paying special attention to your hands and feet. Not only will you want to have your nails well-shaped, filed and polished, you’ll need to hydrate and slough off dead skin cells.
You can do this yourself until your bump really starts to get in the way- at that time, be sure to visit a salon and ask for a Spa manicure and pedicure. Along with beauty benefits, this offers you some valuable ‘me’ time and feels great on sore muscles.
Maternity Wardrobe Basics
Keep yourself comfortable and looking great by wearing the right clothes to flatter your figure. Start with a good foundation of pretty, supportive maternity lingerie to eliminate any unwanted lumps. You can then layer on pieces like empire waist dresses (universally flattering), maternity leggings and flowy tunics, or a great pair of maternity jeans with a wrap cardigan and sparkly flats.
Follow these tips to a healthy, gorgeous pregnancy, and don’t forget to book a photo shoot to capture this special time of life on film.