So you’re expecting congrats!, but now what about your beauty routine over the next nine months? You may have that natural glow, stronger nails, and thicker, longer hair—all which come along with your growing bundle of joy, but, hey, you still want to look your best. You like your products. But the big question is: are they safe? Your body is going through so many changes during pregnancy and you might develop allergies and sensitivities that weren’t an issue before.
Here is a list of what you should do and not do until the little bundle of joy arrives.
Skin Care & Makeup
1. Stay hydrated: Nurture yourself by drinking lots of water and moisturizing. This is one of the most important ways to keep your skin elastic and it can help with itchiness and stretch marks. Melted beeswax is great to apply right to your belly and raw coconut oil is your best bet for an effective and safe moisturizer. Be extra careful, too, about what you use on your breast area if you plan on breastfeeding.
2. Seek out natural healers: Get lots of, tea tree oil, chamomile, and citrus. All are great ingredients in skin care products, and especially while pregnant. If you breakout during your pregnancy, use tea tree oil on your pimples, It’s a miracle worker.
3. Avoid known inflammatories: Rosemary, jasmine, and cinnamon—all natural—are all also known to increase blood pressure and could cause early contractions, “unless,” you’re at the end of your pregnancy and want a natural way to help speed up the process. Also, be mindful of salon services; don’t wax since your skin is too sensitive. For the same reason, stay clear of anything containing synthetic fragrances.
1. Use dye-free polish: RGB, Deborah Lippmann, and OPI are three great, more-natural options. These days, most major brands have switched to chemical-free products because they know they work just as well. Meaning, polishes are either 3-free (made without dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde) or 5-free (which add formaldehyde resin, and camphor to the 3-free list). Just be sure to check the bottles.
2. Bring your own tools: This is the most sanitary way to ensure there are no problems with fungus getting spread when you’re pregnant.
3. Have fun with it: When you’re pregnant, you’ll want to be pampered, so enjoy your time at the salon, especially when you’re nearing the end of your term and can barely reach down to touch your toes.
Fuller, thicker hair is one benefit of pregnancy for some women and a myth for others. Pregnancy hormones can affect every woman’s hair differently; for some, the increased estrogen causes their hair to grow thick and fast, while others find that their hair goes limp and even falls out. Here are some tips to maintain your hair while pregnant.
1. Eat Healthy: To encourage healthy hair, make sure you eat well and get all the essential nutrients. Your hair is part of your skin system, so the healthier you are, the healthier and more beautiful your hair will be. Foods that are particularly good for your hair include yogurt; fresh fruit and vegetables; cold pressed oils; pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds; whole grains like brown rice and oats; and almonds, figs, and dates.
2. Massage: To combat undernourished hair, massage your scalp for five or ten minutes every day to stimulate circulation. Every few weeks, turn this into an aromatherapy massage by adding a few drops of essential oils (such as lavender, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, or ylang ylang) to a half-cup of warm vegetable oil. Massage the oil onto your scalp and hair ends, then wrap your hair in a warm towel and relax for ten minutes.
3. Dying Your Hair: Although the research into the safety of hair dyes if used in the first trimester may seem conflicting, it is safe to avoid dyeing your hair in the first trimester when organs are being formed but further into the pregnancy, you’re fine to do so. If you must dye your hair in the first trimester use a foil so the dye is kept off your skin.
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