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Tasks that were once mundane and even irritating may become huge questions once you are pregnant. Is it OK to dye your hair? Get nail extensions? Shave your bikini line? Do you need a different moisturizer?

And what about creams to fight stretch marks? Most expectant mothers will change their beauty and self-care regime quite a bit. Here are some tips for you.  OK, since there are so many changes you are going through, we'll tackle beauty and self-care from the head down.


Can you dye your hair during pregnancy, or will that cause a miscarriage? The generally accepted answer today is that dying your hair during pregnancy is completely harmless. It is true that hair dyes, and particularly bleach, contain a huge amount of potentially harmful chemicals. When a hair dresser dyes your hair, the only part of your body that will come into contact with the chemicals is your scalp. Your hair dresser will use gloves like you would at home, but because she'll wash your hair in one of those special hair dresser's chairs with a basin attached, you will not come into contact with harmful substances. If you are worried, you can of course refrain from dying your hair. That may make you feel bad about yourself and stressed out, though. That's not good for any pregnant woman.


Many pregnant women struggle with pregnancy acne, and dry skin is another common problem. You may also find that your current skin care regime simply doesn't make your face feel good any more, even if you don't have either of these problems. During both of my pregnancies, I had to experiment with different moisturizers and foundations to see which ones would work. My tip? Go and ask for samples from the expensive brands (that are more likely to give out samples) to figure what texture works for you. You may also get patches of darker skin. This so-called pregnancy mask is temporary and can be covered with foundation if you desire.


Don't ask me why, but my acrylic nails all fell off when I was pregnant. Multiple times. Apparently, there is something about pregnancy hormones that just doesn't like fake nails, in some women. I thought you may want to be prepared. You'll also want to think about a way to do your nails at home, if you are a person who normally has nail extensions, or gel covering your natural nails. Visiting a nail salon with a tiny baby is really quite tricky.


Should you use sun beds during pregnancy? When I asked my doctor this question, the answer was that sun beds are dangerous for anyone, pregnant or not but that there is no evidence that they are specifically dangerous to a fetus. Still, it is possible that sun beds may cause overheating in your fetus. It's best to stay away from them. You may suffer from pregnancy back pain, and tense shoulders if you are stressed. Massage is a great way to deal :). Now, for the stretch marks. You can get all kinds of creams that are supposed to help you prevent them. I tried them all (almost, anyway), and they did not work. I have stretch marks anyway. Moisturizing your abdominal skin and breasts is a great idea, and it is possible that it helps prevent stretch marks. Be prepared to get them despite all the care, however.

Intimate care

First off, no douching. Douching disturbs the vagina's natural pH balance, and you just should do it at all. Vaginas are self-cleansing. Next, shaving. That's a tough one, because you won't be able to reach easily, or even see, once you get to a certain point in your pregnancy. If you live in a country where hospitals put all expectant mothers through pubic shaving when they're in labor, do yourself a favor and get waxed beforehand. Otherwise, I suggest you let it grow during your pregnancy. It's much easier.


You probably haven't thought about your legs much, other than shaving them. During pregnancy, many women experience leg cramps and swollen ankles. Take care of your legs by not being on your feet all day long, and by wearing comfy and sensible shoes. Gently massage your legs, or use a cooling gel if they feel inflamed. At night, you can do stretching exercises to prevent cramps.


Your poor feet bear an awful lot of weight, at least during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Take care of them by giving them comfortable shoes, with little to no heels. Soak them in a foot tub, and massage them gently or get your partner to do that for you.

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