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That pregnancy glow

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

If you are pregnant, your skin care routine needs to change, says Megha Dua

Say no to make-up

If you are pregnant, you are bound to experience hormonal changes. It may also impact your skin and change its texture. During this phase, it is advisable to stay away from using make-up products. The chemicals, mainly preservatives and artificial dyes used in them, may seep into your bloodstream through the skin that becomes porous and affect your baby. It may also lead to skin clogging and breakouts and taking acne medication isn’t advisable as acne medication have side-effects such as birth defects for your baby. Read up as much as you can before using any product and always consult your doctor for advice.

Use cocoa butter

Whether you will get stretch marks or not depends upon your genes. However, when you are carrying a baby inside your body, you will most certainly have stretch marks. It is because the collagen and elastin in your skin is expanding. It can be frustrating but don’t worry at all. These marks are harmless. Using cocoa butter may not be able to completely diminish your marks but it can definitely help in preventing or reducing them. Vitamin E in cocoa butter is proven to help diminish stretch marks. It is also very helpful to keep your skin well-moisturised and fight dry skin or itching that might accompany your pregnancy.

Avoid direct exposure to the sun

Exposing your skin to the sun while being pregnant can cause hives, heat rashes or melasma. Try to avoid direct contact with sunlight and stay well-hydrated. UV rays from the sun can also cause deficiency of folic acid. Folic acid is necessary in the first trimester of pregnancy and prevents neural tube effects. Thus, pregnant women are advised against going out in sun during the first trimester. Besides, there has been research on a direct relation between exposure to heat and babies born with lower birth weight. Lastly, prolonged exposure to sun rays while being pregnant can also lead to most serious form of skin cancer known as Melanoma.

Maintain a healthy diet

Foods that contain folic acids are very important for the skin during pregnancy. Leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, citrus, beans, peas, avocado, seeds and nuts will help your skin glow during pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins are also very essential to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Try to exclude sugar to keep a balanced and organic diet with lots of fruits that will help you avoid skin clogging. Avoid junk and oily food too and keep coffee, alcohol and meat at bay. If you follow this, it will positively affect your skin and your baby’s growth.

Relax and exercise

When you exercise, the blood flow to your skin increases automatically. This will give your skin a healthy glow, nourishment and will also help you in having a smooth labour. Exercising also makes your muscles strong but don’t forget to consult your gynaecologist before you set yourself a routine. Regular workouts can also have cardiovascular benefits for you and your body. They should also contribute to your personality, mental health and immunity of your baby. Finally, exercising reduces stress and that will show definite results on your skin and body.

Megha Dua is Co-founder, Nuluv.in.

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