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Your Guide to Natural Pregnancy Care
Our bodies change so much during pregnancy that it can often be really hard to know where to start when it comes to adapting our health and beauty routines for this new stage. To help you find the best natural products for pregnancy, I've put together this guide with the help of our Naturopath.
As magical as pregnancy is, it can be a little overwhelming seeing your body change so quickly. During pregnancy it's important to adapt your beauty and health routines to match your body's (and baby's) new needs. With so many things changing at once it can be difficult to know where to begin, whether it's your first pregnancy or not! With the help of our Nourished Life Naturopath, Mel, I have come up with some recommendations for natural pregnancy care products to help make things as easy as possible.
Which natural products to use during pregnancy
It's important to remember that every single pregnancy is different. If you're ever unsure about a product, I suggest checking with your health care professional to give you the go ahead. The biggest changes are of course going to happen to your shape, so I recommend using a stretch mark prevention lotion or oil from day one. It can also be a good idea to start using a body oil even if you're not pregnant yet, just to help give your skin a head start. Perfume is also something you need to consider, so try swapping your regular fragrance for a much gentler one that's safe for pregnancy. Pregnancy teas are also wonderful to help settle nausea and even support you into nursing.
Best natural skin care for pregnancy
Skin Juice Healthy Pregnancy Pod - Juice Treat To Go
The Skin Juice Healthy Pregnancy Pod - Juice Treat To Go is such a great set as you get three pregnancy-specific skin care products in one box. This collection includes a Mummy's Tummy Moisturising Body Wash, Mummy's Tummy Stretch Mark Prevention Cream and Green Juice Recovery Balm, all formulated for mums-to-be who need extra nourishment and hydration. This makes a beautiful gift too!
Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil
The Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil is a popular favourite as it really does help to prevent and reduce stretch marks and keep skin feeling supple and firm. Containing Almond Oil, Arnica Extract and Wheat Germ Oil, this formula has been dermatologically tested to show 77% smoother skin after four months of use and help prevent the formation of stretch marks around the stomach, bottom, thighs and breasts through regular massage.
Earth Mumma Organic Mumma To Be Belly Oil
Another great body oil for mums-to-be is the Earth Mumma Organic Mumma To Be Belly Oil. This nourishing oil contains Moroccan Argan, Rosehip, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel and Camellia Oils and is rich in fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to help repair damaged skin tissue, regenerate cells and maintain the elasticity of the skin. This Australian made oil is certified organic and vegan, and is also ideal for use for several months after giving birth to help restore skin health.
PURE Papaya Renew Cream
The PURE Papaya Renew Cream is great if you prefer a thicker cream rather than an oil texture. This rich cream has a beautiful citrus fragrance and can be used to reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks, as well as working as a preventative treatment. It contains deeply moisturising Paw Paw, Macadamia, Sweet Almond and Rosehip to penetrate the skin and deliver a boost of hydration, and is vegan and gluten free.
Badger Pregnant Belly Butter
Another great option for those looking for more of a creamy consistency, the Badger Pregnant Belly Butter works as an all-over intensive overnight treatment or spot treatment for particular areas of concern. This creamy butter has a delicious chocolate scent from nourishing Cocoa Butter, and melts upon contact with the warmth of your skin into a rich balm. Designed to help relieve dryness and tightness, it's also certified organic and vegan.
Best natural teas for pregnancy
Pukka Motherkind Pregnancy Tea
Containing Raspberry Leaf, Nettle, Chamomile, Peppermint and Shatavari, which are all herbs traditionally used during pregnancy, the Pukka Motherkind Pregnancy Tea is a delicious blend which works to support the body in preparation for birth, help alleviate digestive problems like bloating, stomach gas and flatulence as well as restore peace and calm. As with teas and supplements containing Raspberry Leaf, this tea should only be consumed during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, but can be enjoyed up to four times per day.
Weleda Nursing Tea
A great tea for brand new mums is the Weleda Nursing Tea, which actually supports lactation as well as soothing digestion for both mum and bub to help make nursing as painless and hassle-free as possible. The organic herbs in this tea, including Anise, Fennel, Caraway and Lemon Verbena also work to relieve indigestion, colic, flatulence, bloating and fullness, with the benefits transferred to baby through breast milk.
Natural deodorant and perfume for pregnancy
Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste - Barrier Booster
Recommended by our Nourished Life Naturopath Mel, the Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste - Barrier Booster can be used during pregnancy to provide reliable protection against body odour. This bicarb-free deodorant works to absorb moisture and destroy bacteria, but still allows your skin and sweat glands to function as normal instead of blocking them. This Australian made, vegan and gluten free paste can be applied directly to underarms for day-long protection.
Vanessa Megan Garden Wonderland Pregnancy Perfume
This Vanessa Megan Garden Wonderland Pregnancy Perfume is a double whammy as a pregnancy perfume as it has a beautiful scent but also works to aid morning sickness! A light blend of essential oils at a 1% dilution, it's safe for mums-to-be to spray directly onto skin, bed linen or clothing. With soothing and calming Lavender, Mandarin and Ylang Ylang, it can also be useful for preventing and easing mood swings and to help you relax.
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