Pregnancy is a time of intense body experience for every woman. Even the smallest change is perceived, and the growing ""tummy"" is tenderly cared for.
From body lotions to deodorants - we've put together tips on how to look after yourself and feel comfortable.
Pregnant LotionsThe body's outer shell is also affected by the severe hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy: The skin looks as beautiful as it has never done to many women, but it often shows signs of dryness or even tenses, After showering or bathing, the skin should then be creamed with a rich lotion - preferably as long as the skin is still warm and the pores are open.
Many manufacturers offer care lines that are also good for dry skin, but also the own brands of drugstores, discounters and supermarkets and the certified natural cosmetics - they are priced between 25 cents and 15 euros for 100 ml.
Moisture retention factors
For daily care, it is important not only to moisturize the skin, but also moisturizing factors such as amino acids, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, glycerine, sugar, urea or mineral salts. They all have the ability to bind water in the protective outer horny layer of the skin. They soothe feelings of tension, nourish the skin and make it smooth, supple and elastic.
Oil-in-water emulsion or water-in-oil emulsion?
Important for the care effect are not only the moisturizing factors, but also the basis of the lotion. These are mostly emulsions, either oil-in-water (O / W) or water-in-oil (W / O). Often, the emulsion type is indicated on the label or in the package leaflet of a product.
Oil-in-water (O / W) emulsions are ideal for normal or oily skin. With them, the water content is higher (60%) than the oil content. The oil is finely dispersed in the water, and since the oil droplets are embedded in the water molecule, they are absorbed quickly and only slightly greased.
Water-in-oil emulsion (W / O) is better for dry skin. With them, the oil content is higher than the water content (10-30%) - so they need some time to move in. After application, an air-permeable film of grease forms on the skin, protecting it from dehydration.
Dry and Sensitive Skin Loves Vegetable Oils
However, it is not just its fat content that is decisive for the active profile of a skin care product, but also the fat that is used as a basis.If you are inclined to dry and sensitive skin, preferably use products based on natural raw materials. In contrast to the paraffin oil commonly used in conventional cosmetics, vegetable oils, such as almond oil or shea butter, penetrate deeply into the skin, provide it with important fatty acids and allow it to breathe at the same time.
What soothes sensitive skin
Creams that contain active plant ingredients (eg calendula, chamomile) can be used to soothe sensitive and inflammatory skin. Panthenol also relieves skin irritation and counteracts the itching.
Prefer to be free of fragrances, dyes and preservatives?
If you are sensitive to fragrances during pregnancy, you should prefer a perfume-free lotion. For people with sensitive and allergy-prone skin, there are also cosmetics that are completely free of fragrances, dyes and preservatives and PEG emulsifiers. According to the Cosmetics Regulation, these ingredients must be listed in order of their concentration on the packaging. It is best to choose products that have been dermatologically tested and that are rated by experts as being particularly well-tolerated.
Which deodorants in pregnancy?Do not be afraid of sweaty activities during pregnancy: With the right deodorant you do not need to fear unpleasant body odors - without unwanted risks and side effects for you and your baby.
Many deodorants contain a high concentration of aluminum salts (aluminum chlorohydrate). These anti-perspirant ingredients pull the pores together. This inhibits perspiration. However, sensitive people sometimes respond to itching, skin irritation, or sometimes sweat gland inflammation. The salts can also leave yellowish stains in clothing. Conventional deodorants that do not require aluminum salts use synthetic antibacterial agents, for example triclosan, for odor control. They fight bacteria that decompose sweat, but can also confound the natural skin flora sensitively.
Especially in pregnancy, you should switch to gentler-looking products. As an alternative, there are now a large number of deodorants that do without pore-tightening and irritating substances - 150 ml cost about two to 20 euros.
Odor control through plant power
The mild deodorants combat sweat-destroying bacteria with natural extracts and do not even allow odors to form. Particularly effective are sage, hops, thyme, rosemary or neem. Another mild deodorant substance is farnesol. It is obtained from the oils of lime blossom, roses or jasmine and smells pleasantly of lily of the valley. Citric acid esters, a compound of vegetable alcohol and natural citric acid, also counteract the odor of sweat.All these agents do not affect the normal function of the sweat glands.
Alcohol - a sensitive issue for sensitive skin
Because of its antibacterial and preservative effect, alcohol is a popular ingredient in many deodorants, including natural cosmetics. Its main disadvantage: It dries out the skin and can cause a burning sensation on sensitive skin, especially after shaving. Therefore, some deodorants contain in addition to the alcohol care agents that counteract the drying, such as jojoba oil, rose oil or aloe vera gel. Some deodorants also contain skin-soothing medicinal plant extracts, such as witch hazel, myrtle, calendula or camomile. If you have a very dry and sensitive skin, you should put emphasis on such additional ingredients. Or you prefer products that completely abstain from alcohol and use for odor improvement, for example, rice extract or citrus oil. Non-alcoholic deodorants, which consist of a creamy oil-in-water emulsion, are especially skin-friendly.
Caution: Even natural essential oils can trigger allergic reactions. If you can not tolerate a deodorant, you should have your dermatologist test which substance you are allergic to. Also take care with citrus oils: they can increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. So better not directly before sunbathing apply, but sunbathing you should dose very carefully during pregnancy anyway.
Special Care in PregnancyMost women want a birth without an episiotomy. A birth preparation, which also includes a targeted loosening of the dam tissue, increases the chance for it. It's best to start with a dam massage from the 34th week of pregnancy. It is important that you perform the perineal massage regularly at least three to four times a week for five to ten minutes.
Midwives recommend massage of high quality vegetable oils without synthetic additives, eg. Almond, argan, olive and wheat germ oil or special dam massage oils. The breast also changes in the course of pregnancy. The breasts are getting bigger and the breasts are getting more blood. In many women, the vessels now shimmer visibly through the skin. This is a natural change that can not be influenced. To take care of the breast during pregnancy and lactation, you should massage your breast once a day for three minutes with a sauna brush. Then rub the breasts, for example, with wheat germ or almond oil. This makes the skin soft and supple and promotes firmness and firmness of the breast.
Read more tips on personal care during pregnancy:
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- Tissue Stress Relief
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