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What are the best pregnancy beauty tips?

Natural beauty remedies and skin care tips to stay healthy and happy in pregnancy

In Pregnancy

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    At a glance

    Pregnant skin is more sensitive to the sun’s rays so use a sunblock

    Eat healthily and drink lots of water

     

    Avoid make-up with certain chemicals, like parabens

    Rub natural oils into your bump to help prevent pregnancy stretch marks

    Pregnancy can be wonderful but it can also be really weird. As your body changes, it’s important to take time out to pamper yourself.

    Here are some tips on how to feel even more beautiful while nurturing the little one growing inside you.

    Pregnancy skin care tips

    While some mums find their skin has a lovely glow, others will find their skin is drier or greasier than normal. Here are some quick tips to take care of it.

    • Aqueous creams are great for dry skin. Check which product is best to use with your pharmacist

    • Coconut oil, shea butter or sweet almond oil are good to use on particularly dry patches

    • If you’re pregnant through summer, try and keep out of direct sunlight and use a sunblock as pregnancy can make you more prone to brown spots

    • Make sure you eat well and keep stress to a minimum where possible. A varied diet and an early night are the best things you can do to for your skin care regime

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    How to prevent pregnancy stretch marks

    • Rub creams or oils on to your bump, breasts and hips every night

    • If you prefer natural alternatives, try almond, avocado or evening primrose oils

    • Get a professionally fitted, non-underwired bra that gives you the support and comfort you need

    • Eat foods containing healthy unsaturated fats like those found in oily fish, avocados, vegetable oils and nuts – as long as you’re not allergic

    • And try not to pile on the pounds – remember you only need to eat an extra 200 calories a day in the last trimester

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    Essential make-up tips for mums to be

    Pregnancy can make you feel like reaching for more make-up to hide the signs of tiredness or brown spots. If you choose to wear more make-up, it’s best to use products that don’t contain chemicals such as parabens. But here are a few simple tips to combat the symptoms without requiring a lot of product.

    • Feeling puffy in the face? Use a lightweight bronzer to contour your face. It’s great for highlighting bone structure and there are some great how-to guides on Instagram and YouTube

    • Instead of heavy foundations that go greasy as you heat up, try a light tinted moisturiser to bring out your natural glow

    • Suffering from a rash or random case of acne? Your skin will settle down soon enough. Until then, treat yourself to a good concealer

    • Double duty – a cream lip-and-cheek combo can save you time and bag space. Choose one made with crushed mineral pigments which is good for both your skin and the environment

    • Buy an eyelash curler – if you don’t like mascara, it’s a quick, chemical-free beauty fix that takes a few seconds

    • If you like mascara, invest in a good one – quick results and you won’t need much else

    • A facial mist might seem like an extravagance, but it can help give you a fresh glow if you’re feeling exhausted

    • Try a bright lipstick or lip tint – your eyes will be clearer from less alcohol and caffeine, so now’s the time to try a new lip colour

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    Important advice to mothers

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.