3 Ways to Achieve a Pregnancy Glow When You Don’t Feel Glowy
Pregnancy: what a wonderful time in a woman’s life, right? Yes, it’s true, carrying a baby inside can be wonderful …some of the time. Other times? Not so much. Between a backache, the hormone swings, and the breakouts (ugh the breakouts!), pregnancy can throw even the most glowing zen mama for a loop. And for the rest of us who aren’t so Zen most of the time, these 40 weeks can be a nosedive into the anti-glow. So how do you get that pregnancy glow when you’re not feeling all that glowy? Keep on reading for three tips that have helped me “fake it till I make it” when it comes to achieving a pregnancy glow.
Track Your Steps
I’m going to tell you: I love following fitness mamas on Instagram and feel super inspired seeing their curls and dips, clad in lycra, their round little bellies glistening sweetly. Am I that mom? Um, no. I check out their IG accounts from the comfort of my couch, usually with a little bowl of snacks perched on my bump. But if you’ve followed along with my blog for a step or two, you know that I deal with anxiety on a day-to-day basis. And anxiety and pregnancy? That’s a bad combo for a whole host of reasons.
I recently bought a Charge 2 Fit Bit and have been tracking my steps. (Yep, I like it so much that’s an affiliate link!) Sure, tracking my steps keeps the pregnancy weight gain (ever so slightly) from going viral, but more than that, hitting my daily step goals helps keep my head and heart centered. And feeling centered? Yep, that’s a key ingredient to getting your glow.
Bottom line, friends: I’m not a doctor, so run anything you do by your medical practitioner. My step goal is set at 6500 steps a day, which my doctor a-okayed. (Truth me told, she encouraged me to power walk for 20 minutes to get my heart rate up to 140 while getting those 6500 steps.) Want to track your steps? I recommend getting a Fit Bit or similar device and setting small goals to keep yourself physically moving and mentally steady.
Tend Your Skin
When women hear the words “pregnancy glow,” many people assume that means 40 blissful weeks of blemish free skin. And for some lucky ladies, that’s exactly what they get. For me? Um, no. The first trimester, in particular, was super awful. In addition to hormone related breakouts (hello chin!), my skin was dull and puffy. Getting up multiple times each night to hit the loo didn’t help much with sound sleep. (Thanks, baby! Hope my bladder makes a comfy pillow!)
Honestly, I’d never really paid too much attention to what I put on my face. (I’m a pretty minimal makeup and skincare gal.) But the products I was purchasing at the local drugstore just weren’t cutting it. Like, at all. Want to see an embarrassing before photo? In all my un-retouched, first trimester glory, here I am (OY):
I gave a product line from Miracle 10 a go and fell in love. I tried six products: the cleanser (#2), toner, enzyme scrub, AHA cream, rich moisture cream, and eye cream. So how does it work? Ah-mazingly well. Like, crazy good.
Here’s an un-retouched after picture, taken once I’d been using the products for ten weeks.
Would I use Miracle 10 products again? For sure. The skincare line is a bit more spend-y than I was used to paying for skincare, but the bottles are HUGE. I used the product line throughout my first trimester, and I still have tons to go in each bottle.
Also, the products are seriously effective. If I’m hooked on anything, in particular, it’s the AHA cream. Whenever I felt like a breakout was coming on, I’d cleanse my face well with the cleaner and enzyme scrub, then put on a thin layer of the moisture with alpha hydroxy acids in it. (PS, definitely run all skincare products by your dermatologist or medical provider. There are LOTS of products on the market (even in drugstores) that aren’t good to use during pregnancy.)
And can I make a side note here? These are my results of using these products during my first trimester, but I didn’t exactly use them everyday. Several times a week I was just too tired to cleanse my face properly before bed (terrible, I know.) Many nights, I’d just wipe my face with a baby wipe before lugging my growing bump into bed sometime around 7:30 pm. Miracle 10 products work for even the inconsistent, non-committal types who want an outer glow.
Thanks a bunch, Miracle 10, for sending me these products to try. If you’re interested in trying between May 5 and May 12, 2017 and want 20% off, feel free to use the HOMEBEAUTIFULLY20 promo code.
Watch Your Water
Alright, here’s the one I struggle with the most: keeping up my water intake. The second expression my Bulgarian husband ever taught me was “”Piĭte vodata si,” which means “drink your water.” (The first phrase he taught me was “you need to relax.”) He follows me around with a full glass throughout the day, then leaves a cup on my nightstand at night. (Ah, love, true love.)
Now that I’m pregnant, I’m really (really!) trying to hit my water intake goal of 60 fluid ounces a day. I bought myself a cute tumbler and track my glasses on my Fit Bit app. Even though I don’t manage to drink enough every day, I get a good amount more often than not, which is a far cry from my pre-pregnancy routine of coffee-coffee-coffee-wine. (Anyone else do that?) Getting enough water is not only healthy for the baby and me, but (bonus!) it keeps my skin glowy, too.
What works for you to get a glow, either when you’re pregnant or not? Any tips and tricks you want to share? Drop a comment below, and we’d love to hear!
As always, lots of love from my house to yours,