Have you ever read the warnings posted on the back of medicine boxes, only to come across a extensive list of contradictory side effects the medicine may have if you take it.
It may cause constipation, but then further down the list you read it can also cause diarrhoea. It may cause drowsiness and sleeplessness, what the…
If it can cause polar opposite effects in different people, how can I know what it will do to me? Will I be awake and constipated one minute and then passed out with explosive diarrhoea the next. Either way it doesn’t sound pretty.
What has this got to do with pregnancy you ask? Well nothing really, but pregnancy is a bit like that list of precautions. There doesn’t seem to be any constants with your journey, from one pregnancy to the next, or from one expectant mother to the next. The only constant seems to be at the end of it all, you get a little baby version of you. But don’t quote me on that, in case 9 months later you give birth to a hairy four legged version of you, in which case I think you need to seriously look at how you spend your Friday nights!
Ten Ways How To Look Good Pregnant
Because during pregnancy some of you will get a dramatic thick head of beautiful shiny hair and others will end up looking like Scarecrow from ‘The Wizard Of Oz’, we thought it best to give you a few tips on how to look good pregnant that should work across the board.
- Confidence – You’re pregnant, not fat so embrace it, be proud. It is a beautiful thing and no longer something to hide from society. People love a pregnant women so love yourself too. Confidence and believing you look good is the first step to looking good.
- Cover Up – You may have boobs for the first time in your life but that doesn’t mean you have to show them off to everyone. Go for elegance over sexy and comfy over slutty. Think church not clubbing clothing, your boobs might be awesome but putting them on display for the world to see should be left for teenage girls and cougars.
- Bin That ‘Baby On Board T-Shirt’ – Novelty T-shirts with curry stains on them pulled down over your bum to hide the ever growing entity that your rear end is, doesn’t conceal the fact you have a big butt, it just makes it more obvious. Be proud of your new curves, your husband’s football jumper stretched down over your ass should be used as a night shirt not in the shopping mall. If you can’t help but feel self conscious and want to cover up, wear looser clothing which wont hug your new shape.
- Catch Some Zzzz’s – You can’t get that pregnancy glow without being well rested. Try to have consistent sleep and wake times, this is the best way to make sure you are awake and sleepy at the right times of day. But if you are spending most nights up peeing and your ‘morning sickness’ is a misnomer and is just plain ‘sickness’ it is hard to feel rested when you are doing trips back and forth to the toilet each day and night. So best to listen to your body, rest when you feel you need to, even if that means taking regular nana naps.
- Banish Them Cankles – Elevate your legs when you get the chance, consider wearing support stockings and getting lymphatic drainage to help shift some of that water retention. Giant sausage rolls crammed into a pair of heels is not a good look.
- Indulge, Don’t Gorge Yourself – Beyond your control, you may be gaining weight faster that a kid returning from fat camp, but that doesn’t mean you should use it as an excuse to scoff sweets like they are going out of fashion. Distinguish cravings from just being a big fat pig. Consider using massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and getting your nails done as your treat, not Snickers Bars.
Keep your weight gain within the recommended range www.abc.net.au/health
- Don’t Play Rugby – You might have the body of a prop forward but you don’t have to pack down a scrum or try to run a half marathon in a futile attempt to burn off your pregnancy weight. Nobody wants to see that and it’s just plain dangerous, (refer back to the top of the list ’1 – Confidence’, love your new self don’t try and stop it happening). Exercising during pregnancy for most women is great, ultra distance training is not. Exercise which causes slight breathlessness is perfect, it helps to control excessive weight gain, gets the muscle pump action in your lower legs going to help with dem Cankles and accentuates that radiant glow everyone associates with pregnancy.
Note – Always remember to check with your midwife or GP prior to embarking on any exercise program.
- Stand Up Straight Girl! – Your tummy and boobs may be changing and telling you to slouch, but get that text book back on your top of your head and start those high school deportment lessons all over again. Carrying yourself erect with a straight spine and your shoulders back can help alter your mood and improve your breathing, not to mention help prevent back aches. Slumping down like you are tired and exhausted will make you feel, just that!
- Drink Like A Fish (and eat them too) – Drink plenty of water to help with flushing out toxins and rehydrating your skin. This will help your skin look fresh and smooth. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel and trout, contain lots of essential fatty acids, Vitamin A and zinc, also necessary for good skin structure.
- Pick Your Time – If you do all of the above 9 tips on how to look good pregnant, you may look too rested and glow excessively. Pick your times to look exhausted for example getting on the bus or train so you always get offered a seat, or when shopping so people open doors for you and offer to carry your bags to the car.
We can all dream that chivalry is not dead!
NOTE: The information given here on how to look good pregnant is meant as a guide only and does not replace professional advice.