Practical advice to take care of your skin during pregnancy
When a woman learns that she is pregnant, she has to prepare for all the changes that will come, from life habits to physical changes.
During pregnancy, the skin may undergo abrupt changes in its texture. That happens due to hormonal changes, especially during the first trimester. In the middle of this process, it is important to know that the skin will probably become the target of conditions such as blemishes, acne, swelling, itching and stretch marks, so it is important to treat it with proper care to avoid jeopardizing the well-being of the baby.
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One of the changes with greater presence during pregnancy is the appearance of stretch marks. These can arise in the belly, legs, buttocks, and even in the breasts. They are a consequence of the rapid growth of the belly, the weight gain and the consequent stretching of the skin.
To prevent changes irreparably damaging the skin, it is possible to take care of it with these practical tips.
Cleansing and hydration
You can spend a few minutes each day to clean your skin by applying a relaxing mask. It is important that you consult with a specialist before deciding which creams you are going to use, since some have active ingredients such as retinol, or some essential oils and algae that are contraindicated during pregnancy.
It is recommended to use moisturizers daily, preferably anti-cellulite or anti-stretch marks, and with natural components.
It is very important to have a healthy skin during pregnancy to have a balanced diet. A diet rich in sources of vitamin B3, will contribute to the metabolism of fats and sugars in the body and will help you to cellular well-being, preventing the skin from being prone to acne.
It is also necessary to prevent excessive weight gain so as not to subject it to large stretches. Incorporating fruits and vegetables, in addition to drinking a lot of water, will make the skin well hydrated from within. Stimulating the production of new muscle fibers will also prevent the appearance of postpartum sagging.
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Activate the circulatory system
For varicose veins, it is best to do everything possible to promote circulation. Therefore, avoid being in the same position for a long time and try to walk every day to activate the circulatory system.
Always use sunscreen
Remember that during pregnancy the skin is more sensitive. Every time you leave home you should use sunscreen and makeup with UVA and UVB filters. Ask your doctor what is the best sunscreen option for you.
In case the annoying spots appear on the skin, you should try not to expose yourself much to the sun. Avoid using bleach, as they can be very aggressive. After all, remember that once you can have your baby in your arms, these spots will disappear.
Massages to avoid circulatory problems
To avoid both circulatory problems and fluid retention that usually occurs in pregnancy, you can massage with a moisturizer, massaging with ascending circular movements from the feet. Focus on areas where fat is accumulated.
Also apply the cream twice a day, with very gentle circular massages on the abdomen and breasts until it has been completely absorbed.
Sleep on the left side
The swelling is due to hormonal changes, since estrogens contribute to fluid retention. This, together with the pressure exerted by the uterus on the veins, results in inflammation, especially in the legs, in the lower part of the eyes and neck. To work this discomfort, you can lie on the left side, lift the head a little and place cold compresses on the eyelids to decongest.
10 practical tips to take care of your skin in pregnancy
1. Try not to expose yourself to the sun.
2. Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
3. Do not smoke.
4. Try to drink little coffee.
5. Rest 8 to 10 hours a day.
6. Have a diet rich in vitamins and mineral salts.
7. Use neutral, non-aggressive skin soaps.
8. Hydrates the compromised areas, with specific creams.
9. Take cold water baths if you have circulation problems, especially in the legs.
10. Drink at least one and a half liters of water a day.
Remember that, beyond the physical changes that your body experiences and the discomforts that can occur, there is the fact that your baby continues to develop in your belly. That is why it is very important that, before using any method or product to apply to your body, consult a specialist who can recommend or advise you.
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