Being pregnant can make you feel pretty (really!); there is an undeniable healthy glow from all that extra blood flowing that causes our cheeks to have a sweet rosiness—who needs make-up during this time? And what about that super thick and shiny hair—got to love it. I certainly felt good about how I looked when I was pregnant.
One of the less-than-pretty side effects of pregnancy, though, is stretch marks. And about 50% of women will get them.
There is something you can do to prevent and minimize. Here's what I've learned about preventing stretch marks during pregnancy:
Grow slowly: Yes, some people are more prone to getting stretch marks than others, but problems occur when skin grows too quickly and the fibers that support it can't keep up. When these fibers tear, they leave behind stretch marks. Of course you're going to gain weight when you have a baby, the key is to try and 'be all baby' not 50% baby and 50% Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey! Your ob/gyn would agree that too much weight gain isn't that great for your or your baby's health. Gaining the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy—usually 25 to 35 pounds—is a great way to limit stretch marks. You may need to gain more or less weight than this, depending on your starting weight, so be sure to talk to your doctor.
Use cocoa butter: I LOVE this botanical ingredient because it leaves my skin so soft and supple. And it prevents itching—awesome for growing bellies (and regular folks with dry skin). Cocoa butter is perfect for applying to your tummy, as well as your thighs, hips, and breasts, as these are areas where stretch marks are most prone to popping up. Another tip: Apply it as soon as you step out of the shower, to damp skin, so all the moisturizing benefits are sealed in.
Pregnancy can be an overwhelming time in your life and there is lots to learn and do, taking it step-by-step and in small chunks will help get you to the goal of healthy, happy baby and mommy!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
- The first layer of clothing should be made of nonabsorbent materials like silk. Cotton won’t work as well because it absorbs moisture, trapping it close to the skin and lowering body temperature.
- The purpose of the second layer is to trap air between the first and the outer layer, as well as to allow moisture to move away from the body. Look for clothing made from warm, breathable materials like wool or fleece.
- The third layer, or the outwear layer, should protect kids from the elements, such as wind, snow and rain. Breathable, waterproof materials that block wind are best, like water-resistant nylon.