Beauty and pregnant women: 5 tips to remain beautiful

Most pregnant women radiate beauty: the arrival of a baby makes the future mother even more beautiful, with luxuriant hair and an energy that makes our eyes shine. But not everything is that good and maintaining your beauty is fundamental.

Should a pregnant woman straighten her hair? How to avoid the onset of annoying stretch marks? Check below some tips on beauty and personal care to maintain your beauty during pregnancy:

1 – Cleaning your face and eliminating skin spots

During pregnancy it is important that women avoid excessive exposition to sunlight because skin spots may appear caused by an increase in female hormone levels in the blood stream. As for skin cleansing, the green light is on during that period. “A pregnant woman’s skin already usually and more easily has spots and that’s why it’s necessary to take greater care. It is advisable to avoid exfoliating products containing acids, because the skin absorbs them. It is also important to apply sunblock soon after cleansing, because the skin becomes thinner and so there is a greater chance that spots might appear,” explained dermatologist Karla Assed.

That dermatologist added that women should not use any kind of soothing mask “or decongestant or drying mask, because it may contain substances harmful to the baby, such as salicylic acid, antibiotics, despigmentating solutions and etc.” To avoid skin spots, a sunscreen is the best option to relieve the problem. “It’s important to avoid sunlight during pregnancy, in addition to applying a lot of sunblock and using only organic skin-lightening cosmetics. These products should contain skin whitening complex and Alpha-Arbutin substances. After pregnancy, a woman may treat her skin spots, even during breastfeeding,” said dermatologist Roberta Bibas.

2 – Prevention and treatment of stretch marks

To avoid stretch marks, the best solution is to try and keep an adequate weight during pregnancy. Sudden weight increases or losses are some of the causes of the onset of stretch marks. “If possible, practice any kind of appropriate exercise and keep your skin hydrated, by using the soaps and creams indicated by your obstetrician or dermatologist. Those stretch marks already found on your face will not change during pregnancy. There has already been a rupture of the fibers in that area, and that point will not be affected again. However, they can serve as a warning on the need of greater care, because they indicate your skin is prone to develop them,” commented obstetrician Elisabete Dobao.

3 – How to take care of your hair

The question every pregnant woman makes is: Could I dye my hair? “A pregnant woman may dye her hair, provided she uses temporary hair dyes – toning shampoos – and do not use that product quite frequently. Hairdressers and especially colorists, who deal every day with different kinds of dyes should use gloves and masks, preferably in a well-ventilated environment,” explained dermatologist Monica Azulay, coordinator of the Cosmiatry Department of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology in Rio de Janeiro. But in the first trimester of pregnancy women should avoid any kind of dye.

“It’s important to avoid hair dyes in the first trimester of pregnancy. Try using temporary finishing batons. In case you have chosen a blonde dye, those golden reflexes that usually do not touch the scalp are also safe to use,” claimed obstetrician Elisabete Dobao. And for those women who love to straighten their hair, they should resume treatment after their baby’s birth. And that because many of the products used for this purpose do not have a fully controlled formula. “In addition to all the above, the structure of one’s hair changes a lot during pregnancy and also during the period following childbirth, and it may generate undesirable or adverse results. It is advisable to opt for common hydration procedures and use a brush and hair drier to comb your hair. It is safer,” suggested Elisabete Dobao.

4 – A pregnant woman’s diet should contain essential nutrients

Since a mother will be providing the nutrients that will help form the baby, in addition also to feeding the unborn child, some foods are almost mandatory in the diet of a pregnant woman. Milk, broccoli, meats and eggs should be in that list. Nutrologist Luciana Carneiro said that during pregnancy women should consume added protein to promote the synthesis of maternal and fetal tissues.

“All vitamins and minerals are important. During pregnancy, we should pay greater attention to folic acid, ascorbic acid, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, sodium, magnesium, fluorine, iodine and vitamins B6, A, D, E and K. To fulfill one’s needs, it is important to have a diversified diet, including cereals, whole products, oilseeds, fruits, vegetables, greens, dairy products and meats, and at the recommended quantities. Minerals and vitamins have specific functions that ensure a mother’s health and the perfect development for the unborn child,” she explained.

5 – Varicose veins: the cares to avoid them

Staying seated or standing for a long time leads to the onset of varicose veins. “Try to rest well at night, at least for 8 hours. Practice physical exercises such as swimming and aquarobics, and avoid some bodybuilding exercises that increase pressure on the abdomen and lower limbs. Compression stocking should be used if indicated by your physician,” recommended obstetrician Elisabete Dobao. Excessive weight gain is another factor that contributes to the onset of varicose veins. So, pay attention to the weighing scale!

Source: Mães GNT

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