Feel-Good Routine :
When you are pregnant,
you need to feel nurtured; set yourself a routine
which should be practiced daily in the mornings and
evenings. That way you will also stay in touch with
your body throughout your pregnancy term and in turn
help motivate you towards your pre-pregnancy self
Get yourself an aromatherapy oil diffuser and add
a couple of drops of tangerine and grapefruit essential
oils to scentisize your surroundings; you will feel
rejuvenated first thing in the morning.
Light skin Routine :
skin exfoliation first thing in the morning is very
refreshing. A grainy body scrub in the shower on
your legs and arms (avoid the abdomen and breasts
totally) helps improve your circulation and remove
dead cells, revealing a glowing skin. Start from
the feet and brush upward; then from your hands,
brush inwards. Remember to brush toward your heart.
On some days a dry body brushing using a loofah
or body brush can be tried. This boosts circulation
and keeps cellulite in check (cellulite tends to
appear during pregnancy due to hormonal reasons).
Absolutely safe to practice, brush inward from the
feet and hands (again avoid abdomen and breasts).
Finally, a body-wash and a rinse in the end will
complete your shower regime.
Set yourself a morning moisturizing routine so that
after delivery your skin will have benefited from
the pampering. Apply a rich body cream all over
your body, with particular emphasis on breasts and
If aromatherapy is your thing, set the stage with
dim lights or room candles; add three drops of mandarin
and rosewood essential oils to still bath water
(tepid to warm) and immerse yourself in it. As a
precaution, make sure you are not alone at home
in case of bathroom accidents.
A soothing eye mask - a couple of chilled teabags
or slices of cucumber over your eyes is very therapeutic.
Take this time to shut your mind down from the pressures
and worries - however big or small - and focus on
yourself and your growing baby.
Practice reiki (energy healing) by closing your
eyes and focusing on a color (white/silver, purple,
green, blue are positive colors). Breathe calmly
and imagine the color entering your being from the
top of your head and diffusing through your arms,
hands and fingertips, legs and toes. Keep this feeling
going for a while, then imagine the color leaving
your body; when it leaves the top of your head,
open your eyes.
Face Therapy Routine
How you feel during
these nine months is important. Some tips and tricks
to make you feel good about yourself are outlined
below. Your mental health is important but it tends
to go out of whack because of your hormones.
Visualization - the art of relaxation through positive
mental imagery - is a very positive tactic. Breathe
deeply, close your eyes and focus your mind on your
favorite or a peaceful place you have been to e.g.
beach, hilltop, or your mum's garden, any place
that is important or holds special positive memories.
Imagine yourself there again.
In pregnancy, not only your body goes soft but your
brain gets affected too. Refresh your mind and body
by breathing deeply whenever possible. Fresh oxygenated
blood is sent throughout your body; this boosts
your mental clarity.
Get as much fresh air as possible instead of staying
wrapped up within the four walls. Go for long drives,
for walks - this gives you the time, space and opportunity
to unclutter your head.
Don't just reserve deep breathing for labor; you
can use it to calm your body when under stress or
pressure. Sit upright in a comfortable chair with
your hands resting on your bump. Breathe in fully
then breathe out at a comfortable rate. Be aware
of your hands rising and falling.
When your baby kicks at you, tap back. It is your
way of connecting; whenever your baby kicks at you
respond back with a tap or a stroke. Communication
before the birth allows for you to be half way bonded
to your baby before its arrival.
Add 2 drops of essential oil of your choice to a
large bowl of warm water. Soak your hands or feet
in the water for upto 15 mins (top up with warm
water if it turns cool). Dry off with a towel and
wrap up for another 15 mins.
Close your eyes and take your fingertips into your
scalp; using claw like movements massage your whole
scalp. Repeat 5 times. Use a little oil to avoid
thru your pregnancy is your best chance to make
the most of your pregnancy in the looks department.
And when the bloom doesn't come naturally, make
Keep Your Cool
Exfoliate your skin. A gentle scrub twice a week
or once if your skin is sensitive will brighten
up your complexion and make up for your tiredness.
When you are not feeling quite yourself, this simple
ritual can help boost your mood and senses and make
you feel more positive inside out.
Always carry around a refreshing facial spray. It
can be an aromatherapy spray, a spray from your
skincare line or water in an atomizer; a quick spritz
to your skin helps to keep you cool and fresh -
a great pick me up at the end of a long day at work.
Raised body temperature is common during pregnancy;
perspiration is more common now. Keep an antiperspirant
deodorant in your bag.
Don't have a flawless skin to flaunt? Choose a cream-to-powder
foundation that covers spots and blemishes really
well without making you feel all caked up. It is
easy to apply, looks natural, and you can touch
up throughout the day without making your makeup
A quick slick
of lip balm over the lips keeps them looking natural
and conditioned and gives a hint of gloss too. You
have a choice of staying with the natural look or
topping up with your favorite lip color/ liner.
Not getting enough sleep and the dark circles are
evident already! Try using a small amount of lilac
colored matte powder underneath your eyes. Lilac
will help counteract any darkness under the eyes
and brighten up the way you look on a bad face day.
Revitalizing face cream containing vitamin C is
helpful particularly in the cold weather when the
skin is especially dry. Use it beneath your usual
face cream to boost your complexion. On warmer days
you can simply use your usual moisturizer.
Enhance your complexion by using a light dusting
bronzing powder all over your face and neck where
you would naturally catch the sun - cheeks, temples
and collarbone. Choose a powder that is neither
matte nor glittery but slightly shimmery. Alternatively
look for cosmetic cream that contains shimmery light-reflective
particles. These are often golden or bronze and
when applied on key areas they give a sheer healthy
looking sheen to your skin - the make up equivalent
of radiance in pregnancy.
it is the winter or summer months, you always seem
to feel hotter than everyone else around you. Some
tips to help you cool off at home or at work so
you feel in control during your pregnant months.
Wear loose, floaty clothing that wont constrict
your around the middle as you grow bigger.
Try running cold water over your wrists to cool
your body or place an icy cold damp cloth on the
nape of your neck to bring your whole body temperature
If your home is without an air conditioner, either
open your refrigerator door for a quick cool-down
or go to the supermarket and loiter by the open
freezer compartments whenever possible.
Sip several cups of peppermint tea throughout the
day as it is cooling to the body and helps ease
digestion. A peppermint foot lotion helps to cool
If you need to wear pantyhose to work, make sure
it doesn't constrict you too much; apply a cooling
leg gel under the pantyhose to relieve the sensation
of 'restless legs'. Raise your feet under your desk
to help prevent swelling.
Avoid the midday sun. You may underestimate the
heat during that time but it can cause you to feel
nauseas and dizzy.
Carry a facial spray around with you when you are
traveling on the roads. Fill up an empty spray bottle
with mineral or rose water and spritz when you feel
the need. Alternatively you can add your favorite
essential oil to double up as a fragrance.
If the heat gets too intense after your day out,
plunge your feet straight into a bowl of cool water
when you get home. Do this routine as often as the
Open the windows an hour before you go to bed. A
well ventilated room will help you sleep better.
Sleep between crisp clean cotton or linen sheets
and avoid manmade alternatives. It is next to impossible
to sleep without an efficient fan, so invest in