7 Ways to Keep That Pregnancy Glow Even After Giving Birth

Pregnant women glow. The biological changes necessary to bring a baby into the world have their upside, like lustrous hair and glowing skin. Unlike morning sickness, you’ll miss these side effects after giving birth. Many women wonder how they can keep that glow of pregnancy in the months following labor. Read on for seven healthy ways to counteract looking dehydrated and lackluster after giving birth.

Stretch Marks

Probably the first complaint of many women after giving birth is the appearance of stretch marks on their previously unmarred skin. Return to an exercise routine as soon as your doctor recommends, as light exercise will improve your skin’s elasticity and will tighten subdermal muscles. Moisturize regularly and liberally to speed the process along.

Lackluster Hair

One of the most common complaints by women who have given birth is their hair no longer has that bouncy pregnancy shine it had when they were taking prenatal vitamins and readying to give birth. Get back some of that luster with hair growth vitamins, organic hair treatments and drinking plenty of water. Oils like coconut oil and virgin olive oil give shine and vibrancy to hair for some women, but not for others. Try a bit on before treating your whole head.

Dehydration

A lot of women say they feel like their hair, eyes and skin are too dry after giving birth. Chalk this one up to dehydration and make sure your body is getting enough fluids. Invest in a nice set of lotions to help your skin absorb more moisture and pamper yourself. Avoid coffee and other caffeinated beverages that can act as diuretics and cause you to urinate more frequently. Don’t neglect to use eye drops if you suffer from dry eye. It’s likely these symptoms are temporary, but they can be annoying or threaten your general health if left ignored.

Postpartum Acne

While some women are dehydrated after having a baby, others suffer from postpartum acne. Built-up sebum and glands still adjusting to hormonal changes the body has undergone can cause breakouts in some women. Don’t let the irregular sleep schedule of a new mom interfere with your habit of washing your face twice daily. It helps to switch to non-comedogenic makeup for a time and to seek out formulas designed for sensitive skin.

Chloasma

Sometimes called “the mask of pregnancy,” chloasma is patches of skin darker than your normal skin tone. For most women, these appear on the face at the worst possible time — who has energy to apply more makeup with a new baby in the house? Chloasma is caused by your body’s increased melanin production during pregnancy and should fade after you wean your baby. Minimize the contrast between splotches and your normal skin tone by limiting your exposure to the sun (hats are important for you and the new tyke) and wearing moisturizers that include sunscreen. The recipe of hormones in some forms of birth control can aggravate symptoms; so if chloasma is bothering you, check with your doctor for a solution.

Fatigue

Most new moms don’t get much sleep at first. Bouts of insomnia, when mothers can’t sleep even though they feel fatigued, are especially irritating. Although many of us rely on coffee to get us started in the mornings, new mothers should avoid caffeine when breastfeeding. More than a few cups of coffee in a day can make your baby jittery. Instead, practice meditation to calm your nerves and center your energies.

Washed-Out Skin

The “glow” women get from pregnancy is hard to define. Is it the bounce of the hair? A sparkle in the eye? Or is it fresher, younger-looking skin from increased blood flow? Whatever it is, after pregnancy many women find they miss that look. To get it back, make sure you flush your body by drinking plenty of fluids. This is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Exercise will also bring a healthy tone to your skin.

About the Author: Nina Elliot is a midwife and nutritional counselor who helps new parents become used to their new roles in life.

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