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Pregnancy Glow

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Congratulations! You are pregnant!!

Whether it’s your first pregnancy or not, you have an idea of what to expect. You know all about the nausea, fatigue and swelling. You might even be experiencing each one of those symptoms already.

So, when people tell you that you have that pregnancy glow, you have a hard time believing them. It’s just BS, right?

Well, not exactly.

“The pregnancy glow is one of the skin changes that is caused by the increase of hormones during pregnancy. If you are experiencing it, count yourself blessed and enjoy it.” [1]

What Is The Pregnancy Glow?

When you are pregnant your body produces 50% more blood, resulting in more blood circulation through your body.  This increase in blood circulation causes your face to be brighter. [1]

It’s like your skin is naturally producing a look that many women try to achieve with highlighter and brighteners.

Pregnant woman portrain“My partner has told me that I look different, radiant. I was so pleased because I’m tired and grumpy. I must admit my hair is very shiny and my wrinkles (I’m 40 and pregnant for the first
time) don’t look so bad.” 
Janet 

“My hair and my nails are fabulous and everyone says I’m glowing.” Felicity [2]

Hormones And Pregnancy Glow.

Your blood volume increases, and so does your production of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). These changes in your physiology work together to create the pregnancy glow. Greater blood volume brings more blood to vessels, resulting in skin that looks slightly flushed and plump. The hormones HCG and progesterone, which cause the skin glands on the face to secrete more oil, also help make skin look smoother and slightly shinier. [3]

pregnancy-glow3“I love the fact that my skin is so clear, my cleavage is amazing (just like I have always wanted) and my hair is so shiny.” Jodie 

Pregnancy sorted out my acne! I’d had very bad skin for over 15 years (since I was 11). I’d tried EVERYTHING to get rid of it and been to numerous dermatologists. When I became pregnant the spots got worse in the first trimester, then gradually started to fade away. Now my son is 14 months old and my skin has stayed completely clear! You can’t imagine how that feels after all this time.” Tess [2]

Can You Keep The Glow Long After Pregnancy?

When glow-giving pregnancy hormones disappear, your face can suddenly look like you’ve spent a weekend partying.

Most people experience dull, sallow skin when they have a young baby, due to stress and tiredness,” says Debbie Thomas, Advanced Skincare Therapist. [4]

Introduce exfoliation to your skin care routine. It will remove dead skin cells. You could also replace your morning cleanser with a gentle daily scrub. End your routine by appling a soft moisturizer that will leave your skin perfectly hydrated or look for an eye product containing antioxidants and vitamin C to protect the collagen in your skin. [5]

If you’re breastfeeding, drink at least 64 oz of water per day.

Celebrities And Pregnancy Glow

Pictures speak by themselves…

 

 

You are gorgeous, too!

And one of the best part of pregnancy is that people will naturally want to take care of you. So let them do and enjoy yourself as much as you can!

 

 

[1] http://americanpregnancy.org

[2] http://www.babycentre.co.uk

[3] http://www.mayoclinic.org

[4] http://www.motherandbaby.co.uk

[5] http://skinresearchinstitute.com