Belly Up to Pregnancy Beauty

Posted August 27th, 2013 by Lullabelly

 

Are you the mama-to-be that needs a little help with your pregnancy glow?  Wondering what beauty treatments are safe to do while pregnant before heading to the spa or salon?

We’ve broken it down for you so you can look your best without stressing if it’s safe.

Facials and Massages

With a few adjustments, you can still enjoy a spa day. Opt for a prenatal massage and be sure that your therapist has the right credentials to give you a proper pregnant rubdown. Avoid laying on your back and use lots of pillows for support.

If you’re getting a facial – choose a place that uses natural products. You want to limit the amount of chemicals you are exposed to while pregnant.

Cuts and Colors

Haircuts are perfectly fine to get during pregnancy. In fact, your hair might grow like crazy due to hormones and vitamins, so you might find yourself in the stylist’s chair more frequently.

However, you may want to skip the single process.  Highlights and ombre are okay, because the hair dyes won’t touch your scalp, but any heavy-duty coloring should be postponed for post-partum.

Teeth Whitening

Toothpastes that use natural whitening products instead of hydrogen peroxide to remove surface stains are okay.

Hold-off on whitening strips and pro treatments until after baby. Your gums may already be swollen and sensitive from pregnancy hormones and harsh chemicals may irritate them further. Plus your gums are a direct line to your bloodstream (and baby) and you don’t want to expose them to chemicals in the whiteners.

Tanning

It’s still unclear if dihydroxyacetone, the main ingredient in self-tanners, has any harmful effects on baby. It’s better to avoid self-tanning lotions and definitely do not use a tanning bed!

If you’re looking to artificially create the pregnancy glow – try body highlighters and shimmer powders. You can dust them on and easily wash them away.

It’s always best to play it safe when pregnant, so if you have a question whether to use a product or go in for a beauty treatment, always consult your doc!

The Magical Moment of Being Five Months Pregnant

Posted August 13th, 2013 by Lullabelly

 

There is something quite magical about being five months pregnant. You’re over the morning sickness. Food looks and smells appetizing again. And you are finally starting to sport a little bump, but you’re not waddling around and feeling huge yet.

Baby at Five Months

At five months pregnant your baby is the size of a sweet potato and getting bigger (and cuter) by the day. This is because baby’s arms, legs and trunk have caught up with the size of their head and they don’t look like a little alien any more. Hair, nails and even eyebrows are starting to sprout.  Baby is also starting to put on some weight.

Keep Your Relationship Strong

Since you’re past the first trimester, the secret is out that you are expecting and you are probably getting lots of attention. It’s important now to make sure that you bring your partner along on this journey and continue to grow a solid relationship. Make sure to bring your spouse with you on doc appointments, registering and other pre-natal prep classes. They’ll appreciate being included and it will give you some extra QT before baby.

Try This!

The bones and nerves in baby’s ears are finally developed enough to start functioning, which means baby can hear. What are they listening to? The blood coursing through the umbilical cord, your heartbeat and even your tummy growling. They can also hear your voice.

Make sure you are talking out loud to baby. Better yet, cue up your favorite tunes on your Lullabelly musical belt and sing along. Baby will love hearing you belting out Robin Thicke’s summertime hit Blurred Lines. Don’t worry, they won’t mind if you’re off key.

 

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