14 Pregnancy Beauty Tips: Get Pregnancy Confidence Now!
Pregnancy is a magical, beautiful thing — but it might not always feel that way.
Not only is your belly growing, but you’re also experiencing some side effects that may make you feel less pretty. If you’ve previously had body issues or issues with self-confidence, this time may be extra difficult for you.
In this guide, we will help you build up your pregnancy confidence from the inside out. Starting with shifting your mindset to specific beauty tips, by the time you’re finished reading this post, we hope you’ll feel like the gorgeous mother you already are.
People regularly speak about “pregnancy glow” and tabloids always show pregnant celebrities looking stunning, regardless of how far along they are. With these pregnancy stereotypes, you may expect to feel beautiful, but end up feeling worse and wonder why you can’t live up to the image of a gorgeous, glowing pregnant woman.
However, this stereotype is just that: A stereotype. Magazines glorify pregnancy, and they don’t always show the more realistic aspects of carrying a baby. During pregnancy, every woman feels insecure at one point or another. It’s unrealistic to think that you’ll feel amazing throughout your entire journey. No one expects you to look perfect during pregnancy. The people close to you will understand that you’ve taken on the biggest job of your life: Becoming a mother. And with that, they will expect to see changes month by month.
You’re not alone in your insecurities. Many expecting mothers are insecure about their:
- Swollen body g pregnancy is becparts
- Spontaneous morning sickness
- Increased hair growth
- General feeling of being less pretty
- Lower sex drive
- Increased jealousy in their relationship
Pregnancy Confidence: Mindset Shift
The first step to pregnancy confidence happens inside, not outside. Recognize that every woman, pregnant or not, has insecurities. Instead of wishing that you looked different during pregnancy, start to view it in a new light. Your body is doing everything it needs to hold your baby and keep him or her healthy; that’s pretty amazing. Rather than being harsh on your body, be grateful. Everything you feel insecure about — from your baby belly to your swollen ankles — is simply a symptom of your baby being developed and getting prepared to enter the world.
Stop worrying about the way your body looks while pregnant and start living in the moment. Unless you plan on having more children, this is the only time in your life that you will be pregnant and get to experience the magic of it. Take interest and curiosity in how your body develops during your journey. Notice how your hormones affect your swollen ankles or hair growth. Start to view these nuisances as your body working its magic. You’ll start to realize how intelligent your body actually is.
Remind yourself over and over to be gentle with yourself during this time. Not only is your body changing, but your hormones are also affecting your emotions and insecurities. On public transit, riders give up their seats for pregnant women, and that’s because they realize and respect what they’re going through. Give yourself that same kind of appreciation and respect. You’re already doing an amazing job.
We realize having confidence during pregnancy may be easier said than done, but if you keep reminding yourself of your new perspective, your mindset should slowly begin to shift.
To help re-build your confidence while pregnant, it may be useful to enlist the help of others. Communicate to your partner that you feel less pretty and that you feel down about your looks now that you’re pregnant. Just speak your insecurities. That may sound something like this: “Nothing fits me anymore and I don’t even look the same. I definitely don’t feel as pretty as I used to.” When you express this to him, he is likely to start complimenting you more and go out of his way to help you feel more like yourself. Once you see that your partner loves you and still finds you gorgeous, your insecurities should fade more. If you have a friend or family member that gives amazing pep talks, consider bringing this issue to them for some loving support.
Many women also talk about their insecurities on pregnancy forums. When other women reply, you will see that you’re not alone in your insecurities and users may even offer specific advice or encouragement.
Pregnancy Beauty Tips
Once you’ve started to view pregnancy beauty in a different light, pampering and treating yourself can also make you feel special. Here are some pregnancy beauty tips:
Buy Maternity Clothing
One reason you may feel less pretty during pregnancy is that your clothes seem to fit tighter and tighter. A pair of pants that once hugged all the right places, you can’t even pull over your thighs now. If you attempt to squeeze into your normal clothing, it will likely be uncomfortable, causing you to feel more insecure. Allowing yourself to spend a few extra dollars on maternity clothing will likely raise your confidence. You’ll feel sexier because you’ll be in style while also being comfortable with a looser fit.
If you’re really strapped for cash, there are a few lower-cost options when it comes to maternity clothing.
- Thrift store maternity clothing. Check out the maternity section at your local thrift store. Since maternity clothes aren’t worn for very long, the pieces are likely to be in great condition while still priced low.
- Maternity clothing on eBay. There are many eBay sellers who list new and used maternity clothing, often at cheaper prices than you’d find in-store. As opposed to a thrift store, you may find more variety on eBay.
- Classified sites. Check out websites like Craigslist and Kijiji to see if there are any cheap clothing listed in your size.
- Facebook groups. Your city probably has a buy and sell group on Facebook. You can watch out for maternity clothing posts, or you can post a request yourself.
Preventing Stretch Marks
If you’re insecure about the stretch marks you may develop, there are a few things you can do to minimize the chances:
- Massage belly. Massage your belly every day with a stretch mark cream, vitamin E oil, coconut oil or cocoa butter.
- Take zinc. Since zinc is used in the production of collagen, a lack of it could lead to stretch marks. You can get your daily zinc through foods like chicken, eggs, nuts and whole grains, or you can also take a supplement.
- Healthy habits. Eating a balanced diet and incorporating some type of exercise into your routine will ensure you are gaining weight at a slow pace, which will also help minimize stretch marks.
Learn New Makeup Tricks
If you’re someone who wears makeup, learning new application tricks may give you more confidence.
- Dark under eye circles. Not only is fatigue a common pregnancy side effect, but you may also be getting less sleep. If you’re dealing with dark under eye circles, you can cover them up using a good concealer and setting powder. Here’s a how-to video:
- With weight gain comes a fuller face. Although this can give you a beautiful, wholesome look, if you want a more defined look for a night out on the town, contouring can help. This video shows how pregnant women can contour their face:
- Fake your pregnancy glow. Wish you had the pregnancy glow everyone talks about? If you don’t, you can always fake it using a little makeup. YouTuber every super woman writes, “I’m always flattered when people tell me ‘You’re glowing!’ I just smile politely and reply ‘Honey, don’t be fooled. It’s just makeup.’”
Pregnancy Hair Tips
During pregnancy, your hormones can cause changes in your hair growth. Although your hair will likely go back to normal after delivery, you should still keep it healthy during these 9 months.
- Hair Trims: Trimming your hair regularly helps keep it healthy. If you’re up for it, getting a completely new hairstyle can help boost your confidence.
- Avoid or limit hair coloring. While there’s currently no evidence to suggest that hair coloring during pregnancy can harm the fetus, researchers are still continuing to study the potential harms. Since dyes are chemicals, it’s recommended that you wait until at least your second semester to dye your hair. After this point, your baby has finished the critical development stage. Choosing highlights or streaks may also be safer than choosing a full-head dye.
- Get spa waxes. If you’re used to shaving, it may become difficult as your baby belly grows. Getting spa waxes takes away this problem and lasts longer. However, you shouldn’t wax in the last days of your pregnancy in case you get an infection. If you wax a few weeks before your due date, it should last until delivery. Some women notice that waxing hurts more during pregnancy because their skin is more sensitive and instead, they opt to go all natural.
What are your best pregnancy beauty tips? Comment them below. If you have any pregnant friends or family members, share this article to help them feel beautiful, too!
P.S. Another way to uplift yourself during pregnancy is to use our fetal dopplers. These amazing at-home devices allow you to hear your baby’s heartbeat, similar to an ultrasound.