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How to Look Radiant While Pregnant
In your first trimester of pregnancy, you may feel like you’ll never feel right again let alone look great. Those first few months can be rough, but there’s a lot you can do to feel and look fabulous the entire time your bun is in the oven. And fortunately trimester two isn’t the same queasy, emotional roller coaster experience.
The tips below are guaranteed to have you looking and feeling your best during this miraculous time of motherhood.
Invest in a Good Pair of Compression Leggings . . . or Two
Once the belly starts to bulge leggings will be your best fashion friend. Thankfully this is still a clothing staple that is on trend and can be dressed up just as easily as it can be dressed down. But if you really want to increase your comfort and decrease the dreaded swelling around the ankles you’ll need to pull on a pair of compression leggings. They provide extra control and help to increase blood circulation in the legs. It’s superior support without feeling constricted.
Get Those Pearly Whites Sparkling
We all lived through the teeth whitening craze, but dental care is something that has to be a priority before, during and after pregnancy. Ideally you were able to get a teeth cleaning before getting pregnant since gum disease can affect your baby’s development. The hormones that start raging during pregnancy are known to increase your risk for gum disease, which is all the more reason to make dental care a priority. To keep your pearly whites looking their best schedule a follow up cleaning during the second trimester.
Guzzle Down Water
The average American doesn’t drink enough water as it is, and when you’re pregnant your need for hydration is even greater. Your skin will begin to look more luminous because of increased blood circulation during pregnancy, but drinking lots of water will also help.
Dress for Your Pregnancy Body Type
Your body is going to completely transform during pregnancy, but not all women change shape in the same way. Some women carry their babies high while others are low. Some women get the telltale round belly while others don’t see much of a bulge. BabyCenter has created a great guide with tips on how to dress up the four most common pregnancy body types.
Play Up Your Thick Mane
Your waistline may be growing thicker but so is your hair. During the second trimester hormones help you hold on to more hair strands that look extra healthy. Now is the time to really make your hair shine. Play around with different styles and accessorize so your hair becomes a focal point. Don’t be surprised if model-sized women are looking at your glorious mane with envy.
Keep Your Diet in Check
Treating yourself for your amazing capability of growing another human being is fine, but letting pregnancy be an excuse to eat whatever you want isn’t healthy. Doctors note that 25-35 pounds is a healthy weight gain range during pregnancy, which only requires about 300 extra calories a day. To feel and look your best during pregnancy, stick to a healthy diet full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein – plus a few sweet treats every now and then.
Don’t Be Afraid to Play Up Your New Curves
During pregnancy, women become a lot curvier. In addition to a rounded belly most women’s cup size also increases. Instead of trying to camouflage your bump, play it up and have a little fun balancing it out with your newfound ample cleavage. Try a form fitting V-neck midi dress in a super luxurious fabric. If you’re still a little hesitant to show off those curves in all their glory layer a long cardigan over the dress.
Get Your Nails Done
Along with your hair, your nails will also be longer and stronger than ever thanks to pregnancy hormones. Once the little one arrives long nails just aren’t practical so now is the time to let them grow and make them standout with a vibrant manicure.
Lather on the Lotion
Stretch marks. They are the bane of every pregnant woman’s existence. In addition to the stretching that’s needed to make room for the baby, your skin can become itchy during pregnancy. Layering on lotion will help you avoid both of these problems so your skin looks and feels great. If the itching is substantial try a lotion that uses oatmeal as an ingredient.
Sleep. Every Moment Possible.
Enough said. Get all of the sleep you can. Whether it’s during the night, on the weekends, a nap, just get sleep. I promise you will not regret it. If you don’t sleep, those first few months post-partum, you will be kicking yourself for not doing so.
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