Ahhhhh pregnancy. Pregnancy can be such a different experience for women. Some women love being pregnant, they glow, they float, they barely gain a pound.
Other women like me….lets just say we see pregnancy as a necessary means to an beautiful end. Just get through these nine…sorry ten months with gritted teeth! That awkward stage where people are unsure if you bloated or pregnant stage, and that incredibly hormonal stage where you just cry at everything. But all in all pregnancy is a blessing and a wonderful experience.
During pregnancy your skin changes, due to the little person that is growing within you. Your body is working super hard to create this little being. I am not an expert in skin care, but here are some tips for you or for someone you know. I have also done some research about the changes you experience in your body:
Your body is changing, and you have probably started to notice the physical and hormonal changes in your body. Try and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
Alot of women get this during pregnancy so don’t be alarmed if this happens. Some women get melasma on their necks, some women get it on their faces. If you have a fair skin tone it may show up as brown patches, however if you are a woman of colour, you will probably find yourself getting darker in that area. My face and neck went two shades darker, to the point when I had to buy new foundation. Use sun cream to protect your skin from the sun as exposure to the sun can make it worse.
NATURAL SKIN CARE
Invest in some natural skincare. Pregnancy can cause skin issues that you have never experienced before: irritation, acne. You may become more sensitive to certain ingredients. All of a sudden that cream which you have always used is giving you a rash. Gentle skincare products can help with this. They don’t have to be expensive, but products with less chemicals can help in this area.
Use a good moisturiser for your body to prevent or reduce stretch marks. Oil based products are great for improving the elasticity of the skin. The great thing about the second to final trimester is that your bump just seems to grow so quickly. One minute you look bloated, the next there is a noticeable bump. As your stomach grows, take time out to really focus on moisturising your body, to keep your skin soft and supple.
Some people swear by bio oil, others love cocoa butter. Coconut oil is great for your skin. My tip would be whatever cream you use, try and make it oil based and really rub it in your skin avoid your stomach, thighs, breasts and even arms to avoid stretch-marks. Don’t scratch! When your skin is itchy, try not to scratch.
This works wonders for your skin! When you are overworked and tired, have you noticed that your skin starts to look exactly how you are feeling? I think sleep is important especially when you are pregnant. Take regular naps. I used to sleep in the toilet at work!!! Alot of offices have a designated sleeping area for pregnant women, so try and find it for lunch time. Remember that your body is going through a massive change, so it is ok to sleep more.
EMBRACE THE CHANGE
We like to think as soon as the baby pops out our bodies, our features, our bodies, our skin will return back to normal but sometimes it is not like that. If you take slightly longer to return back to your pre-pregnancy weight and body, dont beat yourself up about it. My friend always used to tell me ‘it takes 9 months to create a baby so give yourself time’. That would be my advice, it is easy to get caught up in the lack of control you have on your changing body, and it’s changing state, but try and focus on the incredible blessing that you are bringing into this world