Many women do look good during pregnancy, when they follow tips for pregnancy care they are more aware of the importance of eating well. It is probably also because they are resting properly and because of the hormonal activities in their bodies.
Skin Changes and Problems
Often stretch marks occur on the breasts, abdomen, thighs and buttocks. They are caused by hormonal changes but do tend to be seen more when there is great stress on the skin, especially when the women is overweight or her weight gain is too rapid. There is no magic way of preventing stretch marks. Just keep within your normal weight limits and wear a lightweight maternity support belt and bra.
After every shower you should pamper yourself with body creams, moisturizers and skin foods. They will help you to feel fresh and they will seem to take away the feeling of tightness of stretched skin. Use only gentle soaps (e.g. baby soaps) or soap-free preparations designed to help retain the skin’s natural moisture. Oils rich in vitamin E can aid the elasticity of the skin. Having your shower just before going to bed can help you to relax and may make sleeping easier, especially at the end of pregnancy when it’s often hard to feel settled.
Your Face and Hands
You will probably find that keeping to your usual routine of skin care will be sufficient. Your skin tone may change slightly so you might need to reassess the colours you wear. You will want your hands to be in the best possible condition for handling your baby. This means having fashionably short mails, which is important; long nails can harbour infection and scratch your baby’s delicate skin. Dry your hands well and use a hand cream.
Some lovely, comfortable and not too-expensive maternity clothes are easily available these days. Choose clothes that are lightweight and free-flowing – that you feel good in, and are ‘easy care’. Be fitted for maternity bras at about fifth month unless your breasts enlarge rapidly earlier in the pregnancy, in which case you will need to be fitted earlier. These bras are comfortable and will serve you until your breasts return to normal size after you have weaned your baby. Whey you buy bras, check that you can easily open the hooks with one hand, you will holding the baby with the other hand. Bras with under wires are not recommended.