Having a baby is one of the most beautiful experiences you can ever imagine, but with all the hustle and bustle of looking after your little one, you often tend to ignore yourself and your needs. Most often, the chance to take a nice long shower seems like a luxury. Being a new mom is also very stressful and it is usually why most moms put their needs on the back-burner. Your child becomes your main focus, but even then, you must take out time for yourself and your body. Your hair, weight, skin and body in general goes through an enormous transformation during and post pregnancy and it needs to be looked after in order for it to heal. And we know it is super hard with your baby around, so here are some simple yet effective beauty tips for all you new-mommies out there.
So read on and make a little ‘me-time’ your body definitely needs.
1. Dark circles and under-eye swelling
Those nights where you could sleep for hours without a care in the world are long gone. Dark circles and under-eye swelling from sleepless nights have now become a part of your new-mommy look. Adding exhaustion and poor blood circulation, along with some nutritional deficiencies of iron, folic acid, vitamin K and C is what is giving you this new found look. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and although it cannot be completely prevented, it can be helped with a proper balanced and nutritious diet. Stay awake from caffeine and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Sleeping while your baby is asleep is a good place to start. You could also try placing some cucumber slices on your eyelids for a few minutes, or dip a cotton ball in some potato juice and dab it under your eyes to lighten your dark circles.
Wondering why you have acne all of a sudden and what to do about it? Let’s help you out. High progesterone levels can make your skin extremely oily, which results in acne breakouts. Post pregnancy, because of the changes in your hormone levels, you may break out in acne, even if you had clear skin throughout your pregnancy. But don’t worry, there’s always a simple solution. Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser at least twice a day and try some aloe vera gel. It works wonders for your skin. Also, try staying away from the oily and greasy food, as it will only worsen the condition of your skin.
You might find dark spots or patches on your skin and the pigmentation on your skin might worry you. This is caused due to the presence of high levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy. This will slowly reduce with time, as your hormones drop to the normal amount post pregnancy. But just so you don’t aggravate it or get more patches and spots, don’t forget to apply some sunscreen, even when you’re indoors all day. Try a sunscreen of SPF 15 for days when you are indoors, and one with SPF 30 or 50 for extra protection when you step outside. Also, it is helpful to pick up a daily moisturizer that is suitable for pigmented skin to help reduce the same.
4. Stretch marks
Stretch marks are the most annoying and hardest to get rid of. They are caused because of the stretching your skin had to do to make room for your baby and now that your baby is born, these marks are left behind. But they aren’t here to stay as long as you start to take steps to get rid of them. A healthy diet and appropriate exercise is one of the key requirements to get rid of stretch marks. So put down that packet of chips and pick up something healthy and yummy (Yes, healthy can be yummy too!). Check with your doctor about what exercises you can do before rushing into high intensity ones. You can also try some stretch mark cream or bio oils to help lighten and slowly get rid of your stretch marks. You can do it mommies!
5. Hair loss
Hair loss is very common post-delivery and this is due to your hormones dropping to their normal amount. But don’t worry, as it’s only temporary and you will see your hair going back to normal 6-12 months post-delivery. Coconut oil is now your best friend to keep your hair nourished and healthy. A balanced diet also plays a major role here, and you need foods with antioxidants (like apples, kidney beans, and strawberries) in your diet to help strengthen your roots. Keep your hair clean and conditioned with a mild anti hair fall shampoo and conditioner, but don’t over wash your hair. Thrice a week is all you need. Lastly, don’t tease your hair too much as it is delicate and might break. Refrain from over brushing or tying your hair as it puts strain on your hair and causes it to break.
6. Dry flaky skin, chapped lips and cracked heels
Ugh, those hormonal changes! Yes, hormonal changes are also the reason for your chapped lips, cracked heels and dry and flaky skin. Staying hydrated is the best solution. Water helps keep your skin hydrated and aids in preventing dryness. Oils like coconut, almond and olive oil are also highly beneficial. They help keep your skin smooth and moisturized. So, use moisturizer and oil to keep your skin free of all kinds of woes. A healthy diet also matters to help keep your skin moist and healthy. So ladies, eat, sleep, moisturize, repeat.