As your body adapts to pregnancy, not all of the changes are welcome – your skin and hair may shine… or they may lose their lustre. But there are ways you can stay looking good.
Your hair may become greasy, dry, shining or dull – there’s no rhyme or reason! Perms and colourings may affect it differently, so tell your hairdresser you’re pregnant before starting on a complete change of look.
It’s not unusual to develop an allergy to beauty products as your skin is more sensitive than usual. Many women find they need to switch to gentle or hypoallergenic brands of make-up, and deodorants.
You may be overjoyed at the thought of having a baby one day, and the next you’re regretting your decision, even when your baby is very much wanted. Blame it on the hormones! But some of your moodiness is simply due to the fact that pregnancy is a time of tremendous change. Just knowing this may make you feel better. You’ll feel better, too, as you sort things out and as your body adapts. If you get really down, tell your LMC – there are ways to feel better.
Believe it or not, one of the best ways to recover your lost energy is to take some regular exercise. It can also strengthen your muscles to help you carry the extra weight, improve your joints, and make it easier for you to deliver your baby.
If you’ve been keeping fit, then you can continue doing the exercise you usually do as long as you’re comfortable. Don’t suddenly start vigorous activities if you weren’t doing any before – and now is not the time to take up rugby! If you go to a class, tell the teacher you’re pregnant.
Swimming, yoga and walking are all good pregnancy exercises. Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day.
Yoga is an excellent way to keep yourself fit and to relax. One of the first things you learn in a yoga class is how to breathe fully and evenly. This can help you reduce stress throughout pregnancy and also gives you a technique for coping with labour. In some areas there are yoga classes especially for pregnant women, so you can make new friends while you make yourself calm!