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Save Your Skin
My skin has reacted differently during each of my three pregnancies, which means I now feel well equipped to deal with any issues another one might throw up. I couldn’t have got through my first pregnancy and all the hormonal breakouts without the brilliant Dr Sam Bunting, so if you don’t know where to start, then pay her a visit. This time round, my skin has been on the dry and dull side, and I’ve used the de Mamiel Pregnancy Facial Oil often. It’s formulated with a rich source of squalene to give you more suppleness and bounce. It’s given my complexion the hydrating boost it’s been craving.
Boost Your Body
Hormonal changes can cause skin to lose elasticity and moisture – so a deeply hydrating oil or cream isn’t just necessary for keeping skin supple as it stretches, but also for reducing that dry, tight, itchy feeling. If we’re talking stretch marks, you should know they’re not only very common (around 90% of women get them) but also genetic, so if your mum or sister had them, chances are you could, too. For me, it’s less about preventing the inevitable and more about keeping my skin resilient and elastic, and for that I love Balance Me’s Super Firming Body Oil, which I first discovered in this New Mum Edit kit. It would make a great present for any expectant friends.
Take A Head-To-Toe Approach
I’d only ever experienced a couple of migraines before I got pregnant but raging hormones in my first trimester meant I was battling a new one every few days. A friend recommended reflexology and it’s no exaggeration to say it was a game changer. Not only did my migraines disappear after two intensive sessions with my therapist Verity, but it also helped quell other niggling issues that I’d had with my previous two pregnancies, like a twinging sacroiliac joint and pelvic pain. Click here to find your nearest practitioner.
Make Time For Baths
I’ve always loved a good bath, but I’ve practically lived in mine over the last nine months. That said, I have struggled with what I can put in it, knowing many of my usual essential oil tinctures are off limits. One I’ve loved and used over and over past the 12-week mark is Olverum’s Bath Oil – the herbal benefits are just what weary muscles need after an exhausting day. I also can’t recommend Soapsmith’s Bloomsbury Bath Soak highly enough. The tub will last you weeks and the rose, honeysuckle and peony fragrance is intoxicating enough to scent your skin, bathroom and, frankly, the whole house. I love that all the products are handmade in East London and come in recyclable glass jars.
Re-scent Your Space
An overly sensitive nose is perhaps one of the more annoying things about pregnancy. Suddenly, scents that you’ve never noticed or have happily tolerated become unbearable. To combat this, I’ve been using Mio’s Liquid Yoga Space Spray everywhere. It’s full of fresh, zingy peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus and is the loveliest way to refresh your space.
Turn Down The Heat
One strange side effect I’ve experienced with every pregnancy is lava-hot feet at night. It usually hits me during the second trimester and is so uncomfortable that it either prevents me from falling asleep or wakes me up in the middle of the night. With my first two children, nothing provided as much relief as a hefty, all-over layer of Elemis’ Instant Refreshing Gel. Don’t be shy with the application, I get through tubes and tubes of this stuff, but it really works. And while it’s definitely helped this time round, I’ve also added something new in the form of these NaturaCure Cold Therapy Socks, which were one of the best purchases I’ve made to date. Don’t say I don’t bring the glamour.
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