Pregnancy pros — glowing face, body and hair

Being preggers isn’t all stretch marks and swollen ankles. Get a load of these pregnancy-related plus points!

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Even if you’re having the healthiest and happiest pregnancy, there’ll be days when you can’t help but wrestle with conflicting emotions: the itchy skin, your disappearing waistline and passing gas like a whoopee cushion, not to mention the many fears about your developing baby.

            If the pregnancy blues are hitting you big time, it may be time to remind yourself of the fun bonuses this “blossoming” period brings. Count your many blessings with us:

1) Glossy thick hair

It’s no fluke that you now have locks so lustrous, they’ll put Kate Middleton’s bouncy blowout to shame. Thanks to an increase in the oestrogen hormone during your second trimester, your hair stops shedding, so your tresses will be the thickest they’ve ever been. After giving birth, you’ll start to shed any hair you hadn’t lost during pregnancy — and in copious amounts all at once, for some! To counter that, increase your intake of fruit and veggies, as these contain antioxidants and flavonoids that promote hair growth. Or try special shampoos and hair tonics.

2) Strong shiny nails

Around the fourth month, you’ll start noticing that your nails are growing faster. If you usually have brittle ones, you’ll also notice your nails are getting thicker, harder and shiner. Strong nails are a good sign that you (and baby) are getting enough protein.

Thanks to an increase in the oestrogen hormone during your second trimester, your hair stops shedding, so your tresses will be the thickest they’ve ever been.

3) Radiant complexion

That celebrated pregnancy glow that most mums look forward to usually kicks in during the second trimester. You may notice that everyone is suddenly complimenting your clearer and brighter skin. You can thank the hormonal surge, more active oil glands and the increase in blood volume for this (the latter brings more blood to the skin and gives it natural luminosity).

            Your skin becomes more sensitive while you’re expecting, so it’s best to use a mild, fragrance-free hydrating cleanser on face and body.

4) You’re encouraged to eat well!

Studies show that what you eat can affect bubba’s health and IQ in the long run. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t, from time to time, succumb to that midnight char kway teow craving or treat yourself to French toast and pancakes for brunch! Just remember to heed your paedi’s weight suggestions (you only need to increase your caloric intake in the second and third trimesters, by 300 calories a day).

5) Heightened senses

Your sense of smell and taste is heightened during pregnancy — so much so that you can even smell things quite a few metres away. The downside is that your colleague’s pongy perfume is is now bothering you and you want to hurl whenever you walk past a wet market. Yet, these are the same senses that make your food taste especially delicious — yum!

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