Ten Ways To Look Radiant While Pregnant

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10 Ways to look radiant

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.

Disclosure: This is a guest post from one of our regular blog contributors.


  1. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    These are such great tips for the pregnant mom. The styles are alot nicer now than years ago when I was pregnant. Back then you didn’t have much to choose from. Thank you so much for sharing

  2. I could have used compression tights when I was pregnant but never thought/knew of it and it was never suggested. I always felt radiant when I was pregnant…wonderful, beautiful experience!

  3. You know, when i was pregnant I felt really beautiful. I don’t know if I was, but I thought I was. I darnk so much water it was a thing to deal with I tell ya!

  4. Christina Strapp Lambert says:

    I had a really rough pregnancies and was on bed rest from the beginning. I never felt good and I didn’t feel beautiful at all. I’m hoping my next pregnancy is different.

  5. Molli Vandehey says:

    thank you for this. its so important for pregnant women to feel good about themselves.

  6. Sleep doesn’t even need to be mentioned. I was so tired the first few months, that’s all I’d do. I actually enjoyed being pregnant. Labor is a whole other story!

  7. These are some wonderful tips I can pass on to my daughter ,!

  8. I totally agree with not using pregnancy as an excuse to pig out. With my first, I ate constantly and after giving birth weighed less than I did before becoming pregnant. My second was a different story. I got fat. Now, luckily, I’m thin but it took a while.

  9. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    This is great! I will have to pass this along to my cousin. Thank you.

  10. melody hodge says:

    Love these tips! looking beautiful while pregnant can feel tough at times. With both my kids, I was huge as a house and their were days I just didnt want to feel beautiful or even care. I didnt have my mom around while I was pregnant so it made things tough. I didnt have the advice I should have gotten on how to take better care of myself.

  11. Edna Williams says:

    These are great! Thanks for sharing!

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