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Being pregnant is life and body changing experience.  It is a positive time, a chance to celebrate everything that is amazing about your body.  Yet not all women find themselves blooming, and the expanding waistline, blotchy skin, and lack lustre hair days can leave many feeling down.  Growing a baby is hard work, so if you’re feeling blue take a little time out to pamper yourself, and indulge in some of the following ideas to help keep you looking good during pregnancy.

Get Active

Exercise may be the furthest thing from your mind if you are feeling big, bloated and your joints are aching as they shift about to accommodate your baby.  Yet research shows that getting active during pregnancy can stimulate happy hormones to make your feel good, and also improve the way your body looks.  Always check with your Doctor or Midwife before embarking on any new form of exercise when pregnant, and when you have the green light give these sports a go:

  • Swimming – aqua aerobics energises you, and is scientifically proven to reduce some of the aches and pains of pregnancy
  • Walking and Cycling – in fact, any activity that makes you slightly out of breath will get your heart working hard, which pumps nutrients all around your body more effectively, giving your skin a healthy glow
  • Yoga – works the muscles in a gentle way, and promotes a sense of spiritual and mental wellbeing that both you and your baby will benefit from.
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Eat Yourself Healthy

We all know a balanced diet is good for us, and this is never truer than when you are pregnant.  There are a few foods it is wise to avoid, but beyond those the following body and mind boosting munchies may tempt your taste buds:

  • Fruit and Veg – packed with essential vitamins and minerals just eating them is enough to make you feel healthy.  Bright coloured choices are full of anti-ageing antioxidants, so choose with your eyes and pick what looks good
  • Choose Lean Meats – the protein and iron from meat are much needed by your body in pregnancy, but try to stay away from fatty cuts that can add extra calories you don’t need
  • Go Fishing – the fatty acids, Vitamin A and zinc from oily fish like salmon and mackerel help to boost your skin structure, and keep it looking soft and elastic.  Experts recommend two portions a week
  • Limit your Caffeine Intake – as a stimulant it can interfere with your sleep patterns, and too much of it can cause complications for your baby
  • Drink Lots of Water – great for hydrating your skin and flushing out those nasty toxins from your body.  At least six to eight glasses each day is recommended, and is thought to make your skin smoother.

Spoil Yourself so you’re looking good during pregnancy

Once your baby arrives it will be hard to find time for yourself, so make the most of this opportunity to take care of you, and give your mind, body and baby a boost into the bargain:

  • Beauty Products – seek out some hormone-beating skin creams to exfoliate, soften and refresh your skin.  Invest in a good moisturising cream for your tummy to help your skin soften and stretch naturally, keeping stretch marks to a minimum and giving your baby a gentle massage at the same time.  For greasy hair luxuriate in a regular wash with a gentle shampoo, avoiding massaging the scalp too hard to limit the production of sebum, your hair’s natural oil.
  • Kiss and Make-Up – you want to be avoiding make-up that contains too many chemicals, so what better time to clear out your bag and treat yourself to some new products.  This can be an instant mood-booster – if you know you look good, you will feel good too
  • Spa Therapy – massage, reflexology, skin treatments – just the thought of a Spa day is enough to make many women feel happy, so treat yourself to a pamper day with some of your bump-buddies

Rest and Relaxation

This is so so important.  Your body is working around the clock to not only keep you fit and healthy, but your baby too.  Regular sleeping patterns can help considerably with how you feel during the day, so try to keep your body in a sleep rhythm that delivers at least 8 hours a night, between similar hours each night.  Putting your feet up, literally, can help to reduce water retention, swelling and bloating, and redistributes blood more effectively throughout your body.

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About Cally Worden

Seasoned freelance writer Cally Worden lives with her family and dog in a quiet corner of rural France. A love of the outdoors, and a fascination with her children's ability to view life with fresh eyes provide the inspiration for much of her work. Cally writes regularly for various websites and UK print publications on subjects as diverse as parenting, travel, lifestyle, and business, and anything that makes her smile.

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