Pregnancy isn’t easy no matter what your lifestyle. Even celebrities go through the same emotions and body changes that every other ‘mum to be’ faces and it can be a challenging time. The demands pregnancy places on your body can make you feel fabulous one moment and ‘frumpy’
the next. So how can you keep feeling and looking great over the next 9 months? Here are some of our favourite tips to help you stay glowing during pregnancy.
- EXERCISE; whilst you might be tempted to pull up the nearest couch and settle in for a marathon session of watching every episode of Grey’s Anatomy – don’t! Gentle exercise helps give you energy and can be a great pick me up. Research has shown that women who are fitter generally have far easier births and also recover quicker. Top pregnancy exercises include pilates, yoga and swimming.
- STAY HYDRATED;it is vital that you keep your body fluids topped up during pregnancy and avoid dehydration. Dehydration during pregnancy can lead to many complications such as headaches, nausea, cramps, oedema and dizziness. This is especially important in the third
trimester when dehydration can actually cause contractions that can trigger preterm labour. You should aim to drink around 8 – 10 glasses of water a day.
- EAT WELL; a diet rich in protein will keep your energy levels topped up as well as providing vital nutrients to your baby. Keep your fridge well stocked with chicken, turkey, eggs and fish (remember to avoid tuna, shark and swordfish) and if you’re looking for some pregnancy recipe inspiration we’ve found a great selection.
- SKINCARE; pregnancy increases your hormones which can lead to oily skin. Regularly cleansing and exfoliating your skin will keep it feeling fresh and also glowing. If you love home DIY beauty treats then Pinterest is a fantastic resource for home made face packs and exfoliating masks.
- SLEEP; you’re going to need lots of rest to keep your strength up and also keep your baby developing on target. Aim to get a good 8 hours of rest each night and if you are struggling to relax then trying some deep breathing exercises or basic meditation before bed can really help.
- FASHION; your body shape changes dramatically after your first trimester and it can be easy to lose your sense of style. To make sure you feel confident as your shape changes it is worth investing in some good quality maternity dresses and outfits which you can adapt into your second and third trimester. Remember, embrace your new shape you’ve worked to get this far!
- FUN & FRIENDS; pregnancy can be incredibly stressful and sometimes you can lose sight of the happy moments. A great pick me up is readily available though in the form of friends. Spend time with them, relax together, laugh and enjoy swapping stories. Laughter releases the happy hormone ‘endorphins’ and best of all an afternoon with your friends doesn’t cost you anything at all.
The most important thing to remember throughout your pregnancy is that you’re nurturing a miracle of nature and the more you can embrace your changing body and look after yourself the better you will feel.