Society has decided that once you start growing your future child, you aren’t allowed to care about how you look or feel anymore; the only thing you are allowed to think or care about is the health of your baby. Everything else is expected to slide.
Nobody is going to tell you not to care about the health of your baby! That would be absurd! What we want to do, though, is remind you that you can care about the health of your baby and your own health as well. After all, if you aren’t healthy, your baby isn’t likely to thrive either.
This is what so many people fail to understand when it comes to looking fierce and projecting a fierce image to the world: you have to feel good from the inside and look good on the outside for it to work. Here are some tips to help you look awesome while still caring for your pregnant body and the baby growing within it.
You’re Both What You Eat
It is more important than ever to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Your doctor probably gave you a bunch of lists of foods that you are and are not allowed to consume. Follow those lists! Eat healthfully and make sure your diet stays balanced…you know, when you aren’t dealing with weird cravings. Those you can indulge all you want.
Making sure to stay properly hydrated is also a huge part of this part of your fierceness. Dehydration is no joke. Not only is it terrible for your body and your baby’s, it makes your skin look sallow and can cause all sorts of skin problems.
Shake your groove thing! For whatever reason, people still encourage pregnant women to sit still and to not ever do anything more strenuous than breathing. It is important, not just for your physical health but for your mental health that you get your blood pumping for at least a little bit every day–unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You can go for a run or take a yoga class. You can dance around your house if that’s what makes you happy. Just get up, get moving, get that heart pumping. The increased blood flow and subsequent endorphin rush will help tone your muscles and give your skin an awesome glow.
Yes, there are going to be days after the baby is born that showering will feel more like a gift than a necessity. Those days aren’t here yet! True, you can’t take the super hot showers you used to take, but you know what? Cooler water is better for your hair. Treat your body to a spectacular shower every day. Buy the high-end personal care products and really go to town. Scrub up until your skin looks brand new. You’ll feel so much better.
Maternity Clothing That Isn’t Ugly
Why do so many maternity clothiers believe that pregnant women want to masquerade as doilies? Here are some tips to help you put together a fierce wardrobe that you can rock while your baby is growing.
Start with your foundational garments. Make sure they are supportive and flattering. You’ll likely go up at least a couple of bra sizes, so get fitted properly for your new size. Buy panties that sit firmly against your skin but that stretch in the front to accommodate your growing bump. Wear compression leggings or tights under dresses or skirts to increase circulation and to alleviate swelling in your legs, ankles and feet as you carry yourself around (these are especially important if you’re going to wear heels).
For your outerwear, not everything has to be made specifically by a maternity designer. Many women choose, instead, to simply wear larger sizes to help make space for their bumps. We do, though, really love the lines put together by Seraphine, Mama Sari, and Noppies. If you search around, especially online, you can find lots of great designers who specialize in awesome maternity wear that will let you show off your personality and flair.
Finally, it is imperative that you get enough sleep every night. Even when you’re not pregnant, this is true. Sleep is incredibly important for your physical and mental health. Dark circles, pale skin, dull complexions–none of these things will make you feel good when you look in the mirror. This is going to be your last chance to be able to get away with napping on a whim! Take it!
Finally know that nobody else can tell you how you need to look or feel. Pregnant or not, you decide what image you want to project to the world. Not strangers who want to rub your belly.