For every expectant mother, it is a wonderful and precious experience to expect the arrival of the baby from the moment she learns that she is pregnant.
However, the gradually thickening waist circumference and the change of hormones during pregnancy have caught many women who love beauty off guard against the changes in body and mind. Dr. Clove hopes to help the majority of women to be beautiful and healthy expectant mothers during pregnancy.
Beautiful Pregnancy of Mothers-to-be
1. Skin changes
Due to changes in skin blood flow and metabolism, expectant mothers may have chloasma, acne, skin pruritus, rash, striae gravidarum and other problems.
Use sunscreen to help prevent stains during pregnancy, while lotions or moisturizers can relieve skin pruritus. Since many acne-removing cosmetics contain salicylic acid and retinoic acid, which may affect fetal development, be sure to consult a doctor before using such products.
In addition, if there is a serious skin allergic reaction, please also consult a dermatologist on medication safety.
2. Maternity clothes are also fashionable.
For women with normal weight before pregnancy, the healthy weight gain during pregnancy ranges from 11.5 kg to 16 kg.
As long as the match is reasonable, maternity clothes can also be fashionable and comfortable, such as a good loose dress with a small coat, or a loose-heeled coat with comfortable leggings. Don’t forget to buy yourself some good quality maternity underwear and replace the previous high heels with a pair of comfortable and strong flat-heeled shoes.
Can I have a hairdressing?
During pregnancy, expectant mothers’ hair may become thicker. The increase in progesterone will cause less hair loss than usual. After childbirth, many mothers may encounter more serious hair loss problems, but don’t worry, hair growth can return to normal within six months after the baby is born.
Many mothers may worry that hairdressing during pregnancy will affect the development of the fetus, However, at present, there has not been any human-based clinical research to prove that occasional hair dyeing or perming during pregnancy has health risks. However, if pregnant women want to dye their hair, it is best to use formal and qualified hair products after 3 months of pregnancy, and they should pay attention to the frequency of use and the correct way of use.
Exercise during pregnancy has many benefits,
Proper exercise during pregnancy can help the expectant mother’s body to make sufficient preparations for the upcoming delivery.
1. Appropriate amount of exercise
As long as the doctor says no problem, healthy women should aim to exercise for at least two and a half hours a week and choose low-intensity exercise methods, such as walking or pregnant women’s exercises. If you have the habit of exercising before pregnancy, please consult your doctor if you can continue running or do anaerobic exercise.
Be sure to drink more water during exercise. If you feel dizzy or weak, stop to rest immediately.
Step 2 Stretch and relax
Yoga can help you relax.
Follow the video practice of yoga during pregnancy or enroll in a prenatal yoga training class. Qualified yoga instructors know which postures are safer for pregnant women. Of course, consult a doctor before starting any practice.
A healthy diet for two people
Starting from the second trimester of pregnancy, expectant mothers need to increase their daily energy intake to meet the needs of the baby’s development.
1. Increase the intake of high-quality protein
According to < < Chinese Residents’ Dietary Nutrient Reference Intake (2013 Edition) > >, women in the second trimester of pregnancy need to consume 300 calories more per day, while women in the third trimester of pregnancy need 500 calories more. Mothers-to-be can eat more fish, poultry, eggs, lean meat and other foods rich in high-quality protein, and it is best to ensure that they drink more than 300 mL of dairy products every day.
It should be noted to stay away from raw or undercooked eggs or meat, fish with high mercury content (such as sailfish and mackerel), dairy products that have not been sterilized by high temperature and cold cut meat that has not been fully heated.
2. Vitamins during pregnancy
During pregnancy, adequate vitamin B12, folic acid, calcium, iron and other vitamins and minerals are very important for expectant mothers. Foreign guidelines recommend folic acid supplementation from before pregnancy to the third month of pregnancy. Other nutrients are best guaranteed by a balanced diet. However, if conditions are limited, you can also take dietary supplements during pregnancy under the guidance of doctors.
3. Adequate Drinking Water
Adequate drinking water helps to maintain the body’s metabolic level and can also prevent urinary tract infection and constipation. < < Reference Intake of Dietary Nutrients for Chinese Residents (2013 Edition) > > Pregnant women need to drink 200 mL more water every day than ordinary adults.
Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water, and limit the amount of coffee you drink.
Many expectant mothers feel that the mood during pregnancy is like a roller coaster: they are very excited about the future of their children, but they are also worried about childbirth and raising children. In fact, changes in various hormones during pregnancy will affect the mood fluctuation. Don’t worry too much, full rest, proper exercise, or chatting with friends will help.
If you really feel depressed, you can ask a psychologist for help.
During pregnancy, expectant mothers tend to feel tired, which is related to endocrine, physical and emotional changes. Frequent urination, heartburn, any discomfort and even anxiety can make you wake up in sleep.
Sleeping in the left-hand position with a pillow behind your back, under your stomach and between your legs can also help relieve discomfort and thus improve sleep. In addition, please try not to exercise at night and do not drink too much water before going to bed.
It should be noted that try not to take sleeping pills and some so-called tonic that can improve sleep during pregnancy.
Sex is safe
Although many women’s sexual desire will decline during pregnancy, except for a few high-risk factors, normal sexual behavior during pregnancy is safe.
These high-risk factors include placenta previa, premature birth history and multiple pregnancies.
However, as the belly is getting bigger and bigger, women should avoid lying down in the third trimester of pregnancy. If there is vaginal bleeding or any discomfort during sexual behavior, please see a doctor in time.