Bright eyes, rosy cheeks and glossy hair – a woman’s appearance can often give away the fact that she is pregnant, even before the mother-to-be is aware of it herself. The abundant production of the pregnancy hormones progesterone and oestrogen ensures well-being, beauty and inner calm. Water retention in tissues means that wrinkles disappear: suddenly you look much younger!
Face: treat it gently and with care
Your face changes dramatically: your skin becomes firmer, smoother and less greasy. However, occasionally the opposite can happen: it can become greasier, with more open pores, dry and flaky, with a few spots here and there. Skin pigmentation such as birthmarks and freckles can appear darker, because you are producing more melanin. Pigmentation usually fades after the birth. Be sure to change your cosmetics to suit the changes in your skin. Choose gentle, natural skincare products, such as those containing chamomile, lime tree blossom, calendula or rosemary. Above all, avoid heavy perfumes – your sensitive nose will thank you for it! Use a daytime moisturiser with a high UV protection factor, as your skin will become more sensitive to light.
Hair and nails grow and become more luxurious
The high level of hormones disrupts the usual cycle of hair growth and hair loss, so your hair stays in the growing phase. It becomes fuller, glossier, stronger and silkier. Don’t be alarmed if you lose a large amount of hair after giving birth – it can often fall out in handfuls. After giving birth, hormone levels and hair growth return to normal. Your hair will not need any additional care. A mild and delicately-perfumed shampoo is ideal. If you find your hair becomes greasier, simply wash it more regularly. Your fingernails will also grow faster than usual. The downside to this is that they can split and break more easily. Keep them cut short and use gloves for housework and gardening.
Teeth: look after them and keep them clean
Your teeth are at risk during pregnancy. Blood supply to the gums is increased, making them more susceptible to infections, e.g. tooth decay. Are you one of those unlucky women who suffer from morning sickness in the early months of pregnancy? If so, the acid in the saliva that accompanies vomiting can pose an additional risk to your teeth. Moreover, if you do not absorb enough calcium, your baby will take the calcium it needs from your own calcium deposits stored in teeth and bones.
Our tips for healthy teeth:
- Drink 500ml low-fat or fat free milk or yoghurt
- For dairy free options, try Nestlé Mom and Nutren Optimum
Tanning beds and saunas?
Using a tanning bed to get a suntan is not a good idea when you are pregnant. However, regular sauna users can still enjoy a visit to the sauna. Simply reduce the intensity and amount of time you spend in the sauna.