Between the weight gain, ever expanding belly, feet, face and all of those lovely hormones that make me feel like a high school kid again pregnancy is not always the most glamours time in a woman’s life. It is tough to get comfortable, tough to work out, tough to sleep. With all of that said, how do you keep feeling beautiful during pregnancy?
Treat yourself better – It will be hard, especially if this is not your first pregnancy and you are chasing a second child but you need to treat yourself well. I am talking about doing the little extra things that make you feel great. Keep up on haircuts, use the extra lotions for that expanding belly, buy those cute maternity jeans and sandals, (because heels HA), take those longer showers and basically be kind to yourself while you are building this little human.
Maintain yourself – Whether it is getting your hair done, your nails done or getting that facial, as long as your doc says its safe go for it! The bigger your belly gets the more you will want these little luxuries. It is not advised to get your hair colored in the first trimester so you might want to skip that. However, a great cut can do the same amount of good. If you are worried about formaldehyde in your nail polish, go out there and get the eco-friendly kinds like Zoya. Whatever makes you feel beautiful there is a pregnancy friendly way to do it.
Exercise – The last thing most women feel like doing when they are pregnant is working out. My pregnancies were very different in this regard. During my first, one I worked out when I could. I did prenatal yoga and really stayed pretty consistent until my third trimester, after that I was pretty much done. During my second pregnancy, I was SO sick during the first trimester and could not really do anything besides take care of our two-year-old. That was enough of a workout in itself. That kind of set the tone for the whole pregnancy and really wished I had forced myself to work out once I was feeling better. Working out helps you maintain muscle tone and gives you those much needed endorphins when you are feeling blue.
Eating Healthy – “I am eating for two” That is what so many women say and how they eat. If you have read any pregnancy books or websites you know that is not true. Now I am not saying you have to eat the cleanest diet in the world, by all means, you are growing a human! If you want to eat dessert eat it just try and maintain a relatively healthy diet. You baby and your post-baby body will thank you. It is much easier to lose the weight when you only add the baby and not 30 extra pounds of McDonalds.
Massage – Prenatal massage is not only very healthy for the mama and baby but it helps you feel beautiful. When you pamper yourself you always feel better. When you are pregnant and hormonal you need the extra attention. It will make you feel more like yourself even with the watermelon in your belly.
Maintain your style – Maternity clothes are expensive! They are ridiculously expensive, especially when you figure you will only be wearing them for like 9-12 months. When you are working or even if you are a SAHM you still need to maintain your sense of self. If you like wearing jeans get some that really fit. Invest in some great maternity dresses. I personally lived in maternity tank tops from Old Navy. I had them in every color. Living in Florida that was pretty much my go-to option. If you cannot afford the nicer expensive clothes get a lot of the cheaper ones. Ross, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Kohls (online) and Target all have great options for the mama to be on a budget. If you need a great dress for the holiday’s rent it! And there is always Stitch Fix for those who can afford the little extra spoiling.
Dress Up AND Go Out – Let’s assume that you were able to find some super cute maternity clothes that make you feel amazing. You are rocking that bump whether you like it or not. Don’t let it stop you from having a great time. GO OUT! Get out there with your significant other, if this is your first, these are precious moments that will soon be gone. If it’s your second, third or every fourth you know how precious child-free time is, find a babysitter and get your date night on!
Pregnancy is one of the few times in my life where I have felt sort of pretty. I love the fact that once you are past, say, 4th-month people can tell you are pregnant and it is not just extra weight. I mean you are literally growing a human being and that is incredible. There is no reason to ever feel like you are not the most beautiful and strong woman in the world, but you will. Hopefully, this list will help make those days fewer and farther in between.
Kristin – The Perfectionist Mom
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