As a pregnant woman, you exude a soft, natural beauty. Even though there are days you may not feel it.
On those days, you may need a little beauty boost – but naturally, you want to be conscious of avoiding chemicals as you’re growing a new life.
Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to the potential risks of the endocrine disruptors contained in cosmetics. Pregnancy is a vulnerable time for the development of the embryo and fetus because of their immature metabolism.
Keeping this in mind, here are healthy, safe ways to help keep stretch marks, itchy skin, hormonal changes, and sleepless nights from taking their toll.
Make every bite count, and drink plenty of water.
Choose nutrient-dense foods. The easiest way to do this is fill your plate with organic greens and veggies and avoid white flour and white sugar. Keep a pretty decanter of pure filtered water (add lemon slices or fresh mint) on the kitchen counter or your desk, and drink half a cup every time you pass by or begin a new task. You will have more energy, better sleep, clearer skin… and your baby will reap the benefits.
Keep your skin clear and make the most of your pregnancy glow.
Make time to wash and care for your face each night. For those days that your skin is just not cooperating, use a paraben-free concealer or corrector for uneven pigment splotches. A pure mineral powder without any dyes is your best bet to keep your skin clean and clear.
Choosing healthy products that contain no synthetic fragrance will keep phthalates out of your beauty routine. Phthalates are hormone disrupters, which can have an impact on your growing child. Pure essential oils like Sacred Mountain or Harmony add a touch of scent without harming your developing baby.
Try these makeup artist’s tricks for those days when you feel less than lovely.
Curl your eyelashes, use a pink toned blush to perk up tired looking skin, and add highlighter to cheekbones, under brow bone, and on the inside of the eye area near your nose. A great boar bristle brush will keep your hair shiny and moisturized, and will help prevent breakage.
Choose better beauty products.
Be as careful about what you put on your skin as you are about what you eat. Avoid the toxic dozen in terms of ingredients, such as phthalates, parabens, dyes, and most synthetics. The information is out there, or consider getting to know a healthy beauty expert who will take the time to understand you and your individual needs.
Healthy Child Healthy World created this infographic to help educate expecting mothers about the known dangers found in common personal care products, as well as the safer alternatives to try while pregnant.
Most importantly, practice self-care and enjoy this miraculous time in your life.
You truly are beautiful.
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