1. Help Avoid Stretch Marks. Stretch marks are your bodies reaction to your stomach growing inside of you. Some women get them without even having children and they are 100% normal. If you want to help avoid stretch marks, you can apply body oil after you shower every day. Use something more natural like coconut oil. It will help improve the elasticity of your skin for that growing bump. Focus on your hips, belly, boobs, and thighs since that is where your body will stretch the most. Keep this up even after delivery for a few months, while your body starts to return back to its post baby shape. It will also keep your skin nice and soft.
2. Fight Off Acne. Usually once you get past the teen years you no longer have to worry about getting breakouts as much. There are people who have adult acne, and any time your hormones change, you can cause get acne when you are pregnant or not. Fight acne with mild cleansers. Your hormones are going crazy, so this may cause your skin to produce more oil and cause breakouts. Wash your face with a mild cleanser twice a day. Avoid anything with harsh scrubs so it doesn't irritate your skin because skin tends to be more sensitive while you are pregnant. Finish with a light weight moisturizer that has SPF to prevent any sunburns. If you need to, use a spot treatment, like tea tree oil, to zap those stubborn pimples.
3. Remove Under Eye Circles. As you get farther along in your pregnancy, you start to retain more water, which can result in under eye circles and puffiness. This can also come from lack of sleep. To help, one way is to drink more fluids. The more water you drink, the less your body will retain so try to drink 2 liters of water a day. For a simple fix, you can use two used tea bags on your eyes for 10 minutes or two chilled slices of potatoes or cucumbers for the same amount of time. This can give you a few minutes to relax. It will also help with any puffiness around the eye area.
4. Embrace Your Hair. Since you are taking all of these prenatal vitamins, I am sure your hair is growing like CRAZY! And I highly doubt you want to wash and blow-dry it all the time. Time to put down the blow-dryer, curling iron, and straightener, unless you have an event or something special going on, and start to rock your natural hair or put it in a trendy braid, ponytail or bun. Also, do not be afraid to color your hair. If a pregnant hairstylist can still color hair, then you can still get your hair colored. It is perfectly safe. If you are still a little unsure of the idea, ask for an ammonia free hair dye. Then you won't have to worry about the smell being as strong. And since your hair is growing so much, this would be a good time to try out a color or cut that you have been wanting. You can see if you like it, and if you don't it will start to grow out pretty quick.
5. Have Pretty Nails. Some of us are not fortunate enough to have nice, long, and strong nails all the time. Another perk to prenatal vitamins is having nice nails, that grow like weeds! Have fun and paint your nails often. If you are concerned about the polish, they do make a couple all natural nail polish lines. Get regular manicures and pedicures. It is one thing you would rather have someone do for you, then try to do yourself, especially when as you are getting closer to your due date. Avoid getting any acrylic or gel nails. The fumes are very strong and not good for you. They can also make you sick, so avoid going to places that do them as well just to be on the safe side.
6. Pale Skin. Some pregnant women tend to feel like they lose the color in there face, or a have a more pale complexion. To give your skin a little boost, use a cc cream. CC cream stands for color correcting cream. You can apply it to your skin, and it will add evenness to your skin tone, cover any imperfections, and give it a brighter, glowing appearance. You can add a bit of blush or bronzer to give that little extra color you might be missing in some areas as well.
Try out these tips and hopefully they help to make your pregnancy changes easier. Congrats on becoming a mom, and enjoy this time in your life.