Becoming a new mom is a wonderful, exciting, and sometimes scary experience. While focusing 100% of your attention on your new bundle of joy, it’s easy to forget to give yourself some attention too. Spending a little time every day on self-care post-baby will ensure your mind and body are refreshed so you have the energy to be the very best mother you can be. Your body undergoes enormous changes during pregnancy and you might find yourself dealing with issues you’ve never experienced before. The following tips will help you look your best while dealing with postpartum skin, hair, or nail problems.
Taking Care of Your Skin
From the first time you saw the positive plus sign on the pregnancy test, the hormone levels in your body began to rise daily. These levels keep increasing at a rapid rate until delivery and then they start to reverse and come back down to normal. It can take up to 12 months for the human body to return back to its original state after giving birth. Hormones play a big factor in the condition of your skin. Some women have exceptionally clear skin after pregnancy while others may report some serious acne breakouts, even if they don’t have a history of skin conditions. While your doctor can prescribe acne medication or hormonal birth control to keep acne in check, there are a few things you can do at home. Always remove your make up every night before bed without exception and wash your face in order to prevent build up in your pores. Keeping your pillowcase freshly laundered can do wonders for your skin as pillowcases can become harmful to your skin after absorbing oil from your hair. You can create your own spa facial by turning a hot shower on for a few minutes to create steam which will really clear out your pores. Finally, drinking plenty of water will help hydrate your skin and prevent dryness which can also lead to break outs.
Taking Care of Your Hair
In a normal environment, your hair goes through phases of growing and shedding. During pregnancy, your hair stays in the growth phase and stops shedding—leaving you with gloriously thick and full hair on your head. Unfortunately, during the postpartum phase of pregnancy, your hair starts to shed and can become noticeably thinner. With all the hormone changes happening inside your body, it’s no wonder your hair starts to go crazy too! Using a volumizing shampoo and taking a daily multivitamin can help offset some of this. However, for some women, thinner hair is just a fact of life from this point on. Hair extensions can be a good option for adding volume (and length, if you so desire) to thinning hair. Made from human hair and customizable to match your natural shade, no one will be the wiser.
Taking Care of Your Nails
The same hormones that affect your skin and hair can also take a toll on your nails, causing them to become thin and break easily. Another common culprit is vitamins, or lack thereof. During pregnancy, women take prenatal vitamins daily which leads to stronger nails. After pregnancy, many women stop taking vitamins altogether instead of switching to a regular daily multivitamin. This simple switch will ensure that your healthy pregnancy nails stay with you post-baby. Other tips for healthy nails include trimming and pushing back your cuticles to encourage growth, avoiding acrylic nails or gel polish that can damage the top layer of the nail when removed, and eating plenty of protein which is what nails are made of.
My name is Christopher Guest and I write for The Lauren Ashtyn Collection.