Any woman who is aspiring to be mother if interested and dedicated can make significant improvements to their physical appearance.
Nutrition and Diet: We are what we eat. The importance of a healthy diet and portion control cannot be over-emphasized. Keeping a journal of your daily intake is a really good way to see what you are consuming and how to improve your diet.
Exercise: This is another piece of the equation that we all know, but it is hard to coordinate exercise with work, family, household duties and community service. It doesn’t seem like there is possibly enough time in the day, but exercise needs to be part of your weekly routine. Find something that you like to do so you can stick with it. Start slow and be patient. Some possibilities include joining a club or hiring a personal trainer, trying a DVD that will allow you to work out at home or signing up for a group training class to keep you motivated, downloading an app or using a computer program to help you set goals and track your progress, or trying something more low-impact like yoga to help your mind while you tone your body.
Quick Fixes: In-office procedures like Botox and fillers can rejuvenate the face and make you look and feel younger and more rested. These are simple and safe procedures that are performed in the office and can make such a difference in your appearance.
Skin Health & Care: This obviously will include no smoking, staying out of the sun and sunscreen. Laser treatment, microdermabrasion, facial peels are some of the effective tools to help rejuvenate the face.
Personal Shopper: Finding the right clothes that flatter your figure can make a huge difference. Face the issue rather than hide.
General health/wellness/fitness/hygiene: This should not be ignored and keep yourselves healthy and fit with no compromise to general hygiene.
Hair health: Eat the correct balance of the nutrients including protein, vitamins and minerals to supply hair with all that it needs to remain shiny, lustrous and strong hair. Pregnancy is an exciting, but somewhat uncertain time in a woman’s life; a time when a woman has constant queries about what she should and shouldn’t be doing with her body, as not to harm the health of her unborn child. Many pregnant women wonder if they should stop having beauty or aesthetic treatments, but it’s during these nine months and after when a woman needs to feel and look beautiful and regain her pre-pregnancy beauty. For this reason, we have entered into the domain of Preventive Aesthetics.
Diet During Pregnancy : The type of diet we encourage during pregnancy refers to fine-tuning your eating habits to ensure you are receiving adequate nutrition for the health of you and your baby. Healthy eating during pregnancy is critical to your baby’s growth and development. In order to get the nutrients you need, you must eat from a variety of food groups, including fruits and vegetables, breads and grains, protein sources and dairy products.
Exercise During Pregnancy: To have success in completing exercises during pregnancy, it is a good idea to plan the days and times during the week when you will exercise. Prenatal yoga is a great, low impact exercise that can be highly beneficial for pregnant women. It helps reduce backaches, constipation, swelling, improves your energy and posture, promotes muscle tone, strength and stamina.
Facial treatments: When a woman is pregnant, her body is awash in hormones, which may cause acne, dermatitis or dry skin. This is why it’s important to offer moms to be a skin treatment as soon as possible. Consult reliable experts so that you are advised only those remedies that are safe for you and unborn child.
A Prenatal Massage: This type of massage is especially recommended for pregnant women, as it relaxes their muscles, which improves circulation. This massage also has positive effects on the fetus, and at the same time it improves the health of the uterus. During pregnancy, in general, it is beneficial as it relieves tension and accumulated tiredness, caused by the constant expansion of the uterus, which displaces the center of gravity in the body. This type of massage is recommendable after the third month of pregnancy.
Prevention of Stretch marks/Striate: Some of the changes that come with pregnancy can be less than appealing. Stretch marks are one such change that we’re sure you could do without. Gently massaging stretch mark-prone areas offers four benefits:
1. It keeps skin supple and elastic
2. It pushes the cream/oil deep into your skin where it can do the most good
3. It breaks up any stretch marks that may have started to form
4. It directs blood to the skin to keep everything healthy
Lymphatic Drainage Massage: This massage is just the thing future moms, who suffer from water retention and swollen legs. This massage reduces the size of the leg because it moves any excess fluid into the bloodstream, where it is drained and any toxins are eliminated from the body via the urine.
Massage Oils: It’s important that you realize that not all oils are recommendable for pregnant women. For this reason, we advise you to use oils such as rosehip, sweet almond, jojoba, hazelnut or wheat germ. In this way, you can ensure that the fetus will be protected, and mom will be happy. Give yourself extra quality of life and your unborn babies!
( The author is presently working at the Department of Plastic Surgery, Max Hospital New Delhi)