I’m SO happy to report that almost all of the misery of the first trimester has finally fallen behind me. My energy is back and with no nausea, I’m feeling myself again….just pregnant-er.
It’s a girl! She’s really teeny and moves a lot and likes to kick me which I hope is not a sign that she’s going to be a huge asshole baby- I can say that, it’s my kid. Though she’s really small now- she’s only going to get bigger, which means a bigger belly. Which means lots ‘o’ stretching! If you find yourself with a bun in the oven now or in the future, here are some top tips to help your skin not give you the fat middle finger:
This is probably the best thing you can put on your skin during pregnancy, it’s emollient nature make for high potency penetration into the skin while protecting it with a strong barrier that keeps moisture in while keeping the yuckies out. It’s great for acne, anti-inflammatory, sun protection, skin dehydration, dark circles, and even works great as a gentle makeup remover. In my case, it’s a great preventative against stretch marks. Though there is no way to 100% prevent them and not everyone gets them, this is a great defense against it.
Not only does it smell amazeballs, coconut oil is another great (and affordable) product to help with stretching and itchy skin. Be careful that you purchase unrefined or “virgin,” as the refining process strips away all of the wonderful properties that the oil contains (same case with shea butter, if it’s white- you’ve been ripped off). The great thing about using coconut oil or sweet almond oil, you know you are getting a pure product. There’s no water, no fillers, and no alcohol that would just dry your skin out further in the long run.
If you’re not on a budget and you want to go a more traditional route, I would hands-down recommend this brand and it’s “tummy rub” which comes in a butter and an oil. Personally, I like the butter more because it soaks in faster and I find it lasts longer than the oil as the oil tends to rub off on clothing and such. It’s pricey though, and goes quickly, so if you’re looking for affordable and quality- go with sweet almond or coconut oil.
Avoid products that contain petrochemicals like mineral oil, these won’t work and are bad for your skin anyway. With any product you choose, apply twice daily and definitely after showering to restore a protective barrier and moisture.
Having a baby is rough, like rougher than that one time in college you got so drunk you passed out in a hallway at a stranger’s house and woke up with dried barf on yourself rough. Imagine that. Imagine squeezing a watermelon out of a lemon-sized opening, then let’s talk.
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How fast does time fly when I’m reading a stinking urine-soaked plastic device that tells me I’ve got one in the oven to 7 weeks till blast off?? I don’t know and it’s scary as fuck and confusing as fuck and people are freaking me out because they keep asking who’s coming to help us when she’s born. Resounding answer: NO ONE REALLY.
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Being pregnant is fucking hard for a lot women. Whether it’s the physical changes your body endures daily or the mental and emotional hurdles that will blindside you at the drop of a hat, this is a crucial time when life can seem surreal at best. Here’s a quick list of my physical and mental symptoms I’ve experienced so far:-nausea accompanied by vomiting and heightened ... [more]
As evident by the title, there is human life stirring within my bowels. Imagine that. Now try and sleep.
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First up is from Emma Pickles- one of the best people on YouTube for making easy-to-follow dramatic costume makeup tutorials. This Pop Art/Comic Book look is by far my favorite:
Next up is an adorable costume idea from Hannah at Xovain.com that also brings me back to childhood so much- a Betty Boop tutorial that is also super easy!
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