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How To Look And Feel Fabulous Throughout Your Pregnancy

How To Look And Feel Fabulous Throughout Your Pregnancy

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Being pregnant is a beautiful thing. The incomparable experience of creating a new life is something you will never forget. Even women who experience challenging pregnancies can see the beauty in this miraculous process. But even though many people will tell you how beautiful you look being pregnant, you may not feel it yourself. It can be hard to feel good about yourself when you’re experiencing morning sickness and being too big to wear your favourite dress. So instead of shying away and hiding during your pregnancy, there are some things you can do to make yourself look and feel fabulous. Whether you’re in the early stages or about to burst, use this guide to fill you with confidence and beauty today.

Have a date night with your partner

Just because you’re pregnant does not mean all romance should be gone from your relationship. So plan a date night with your partner. This will give you some special quality time together before the baby arrives. You may not get the chance to have one when you’re caring for a newborn, so make this the best date night ever. You could both get glammed up for dinner at a fancy restaurant that you’ve always wanted to eat at. Or have a romantic picnic in a local park where you can watch the sunset. If the weather is not on your side, a trip to an arcade can be perfect settings for a nostalgic kind of date. You can make your home a romantic setting too if you don’t fancy going out. You could cook a meal together and enjoy in from the comfort of your home. Just make sure it’s filled with romance and emphasises time together. Turn off your phones to avoid any unwanted distractions and relish being alone together. Having this undivided attention will make you feel appreciated and significant. Remember, if your partner compliments your makeup or your outfit, accept it with a polite thank you rather than disagreeing with him. This will make you feel special, and he will be thrilled that he has made you feel good. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s a lot of fun and something different to what you are used to.

Indulge in a spa day regularly

Spas are fantastic places to visit when you are pregnant. Not only can they assist you in dealing with your aches and pains, they can also leave you feeling prettier than when you went in. Prenatal massages are a popular choice for expectant mothers as they help ease discomfort and reduce stress. When you feel uncomfortable every day it can be hard to feel fabulous. So book yourself in for a massage each week to relieve inflammation, backache and leg cramps. Your symptoms should start to decrease making you feel more comfortable when moving around. While you are there, you can also have facials, hand massages, manicures and pedicures to make you feel better about yourself. Having something like this to look forward to each week or month can boost your confidence and improve your appearance.

If your budget cannot stretch to it or you cannot travel to a local spa, a spa day at home could be the answer. You can create a spa atmosphere by lighting candles, playing soothing music and dimming the lights in your bathroom. This will make an environment that is perfect for relaxing in and gives you a perfect opportunity to pamper yourself. Buy yourself some skin care and hair products that you can use during a hot bath or shower. Buy products that smell incredible and are full of moisturising qualities to make your skin and hair feel silky smooth. Once out of the shower or bath wrap yourself in a soft and fluffy towel to dry off. You could apply TriLastin for stretch marks and take the time to dry and style your hair just they way you like it. Make this a regular ritual that will leave you feeling stress-free and looking clean and fresh.

Get your makeup done professionally

When you’re feeling tired and achy, they last thing you want to spend hours applying makeup to your face. But this can actually make you feel worse about your appearance and less confident with how you look. So on the days when you don’t feel like doing it yourself, why not get a professional to do it for you. Head to your nearest department store first thing in the morning and have your makeup done at a beauty counter. A quick consultation and fifteen minutes later you will feel considerably better. This can not only make you feel beautiful but will also teach you about new makeup techniques and products. You may find a new makeup style or colour that you had never considered before, plus it’s another way to pamper yourself. Not only that but many counters offer this service for free. It gives their staff an opportunity to test out their products and skills and encourages custom to the brand. So it’s a win-win situation for you both.

Sort your hair out

You can’t have flawless looking makeup and leave your hair looking like a mess can you! Again, if you can’t muster up the energy to do your hair, you may find it looking a little messy and unloved. So get yourself to the hairdressers for a quick blow dry and cut. This will make your hair look shiny, thicker and healthier in an instant leaving you feeling more confident than ever. Your hair is one of the first things people will notice about you and keeping it looking fresh can make you feel like a new woman. Consult with a hairdresser you trust and sit back a relax while they work their magic. It might not take long to complete, but you’ll feel much better for it. If you’re feeling brave, you could even try a different style or try out some highlights to make your hair feel loved again. But make sure you aren’t too impulsive and end up with a style or colour that doesn’t suit you. That can leave you feeling even worse about your appearance.

Have a photo shoot

Once you’ve had your makeup expertly applied and hair blow dried to perfection, why not have a maternity photo shoot. Not only will it make a brilliant keepsake to show your child when they grow up, but it will also remind you how beautiful you look. Being pregnant is something that should be celebrated.  So having a shoot will capture this brief but extraordinary period in your life. Research reputable photographers in your local area to get you started. Book a consultation before the shoot to discuss your poses, clothing and backdrop for the images. If you don’t feel comfortable in a studio full of strangers, why not opt for a photo shoot in your backyard and get your partner involved too. If you want a particular theme or style of image, do your research and check their online portfolios to see examples of their past work. Also, look online to see what other women have done for their maternity shoots. It’s vital that you only book a photographer you feel completely comfortable with to help you feel at ease during the shoot. Being the centre of attention may feel strange to begin with so you need someone who can direct you throughout. You will soon get into the swing of it and create some incredible images that you can treasure forever.

Find some maternity wear you like

The fashion industry has really upped their game when it comes to maternity wear. In the past women were very limited to the clothes they could wear when pregnant. This left them feeling uninspired by their clothing and unhappy with their appearances. But now we have more choice than ever. From elasticated jeans to adjustable dresses you are spoilt for choice with your clothing. You may not enjoy seeing your waistline get bigger, but you can still remain fashionable throughout your pregnancy. Go online and search through the endless fashion maternity brands available and find a piece you really love. Topshop and ASOS both have affordable maternity ranges that can cater to a number of styles and tastes. Most well-known brands will also provide you with occasion wear, which would be ideal for the date night you are planning. Don’t feel bad for spending money on clothing you will only wear for a short time. Having just one outfit that you can put on when you’re feeling low can boost your confidence and highlight your personal style. Just because you are pregnant does not mean you have to lose your style so make sure it stays intact.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can look and feel fabulous throughout your pregnancy. All of these ideas are fantastic for improving how you look and feel.  But remember, you are a beautiful woman who is growing a child inside of her. If that doesn’t make you feel incredible, nothing else will.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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