How Can I Keep My Skin Healthy During Pregnancy?

How Can I Keep My Skin Healthy During Pregnancy?

There are very few things more exciting and more life-altering than having a baby. Whether you're a first-time mom or adding a new member to a growing family, you're probably ready for some pretty big changes to your body.

We all try our best to prepare our bodies for pregnancy. We eat right, we kick those habits that might be bad for our baby, and we’re always looking for new ways to make our body a safe, welcoming place for our little ones.

But diet, exercise, and taking the right vitamins are only part of the picture. Did you know that properly moisturizing your baby bump during pregnancy can have a big impact on your health and happiness, and consequently that of your baby?

It’s true! 

That’s why it’s worth taking a second look at your current moisturizing routine when pregnant.

Here are three benefits to moisturizing your baby bump!

Soothe Your Itchy Belly

If this is your first pregnancy, you might not be familiar with the itchy belly, but if this ain’t your first rodeo, you know exactly what we’re talking about.

Many mommies experience dry, itchy, irritated skin during pregnancy, especially on their bellies.

This is partially caused by hormonal changes but can largely be attributed to the fact that the skin on your tummy is literally s t r e t c h i n g to accommodate your growing child.

We all know how great previously dry skin feels after moisturizing. This works with baby bumps too!

Applying a moisturizer to your belly twice every day is a great way to keep your skin strong, hydrated, and flexible. By keeping your belly hydrated, you’re enhancing your skin’s ability to shift with the rapid changes your body is going through and soothing that itchy belly!

Help Reduce the Formation of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks from pregnancy are very, very common. You might already have a few red, white, and silvery stripes on your body, and as your baby bump grows there’s a chance you’ll develop a few more.

This is completely normal and something that many mommies embrace as ‘battle scars’ or positive signs of the challenges they’ve overcome in the adventure of motherhood. That said, many of us would prefer to avoid them if possible.

Stretch marks are actually a type of scar caused when your skin stretches, tears slightly, and then heals. The same growth that makes your baby bump itchy can lead to stretch marks, but moisturizing your bump can help!

While nothing is guaranteed to entirely prevent stretch marks, properly moisturizing your baby bump can make a big difference!

You can get all three of them separately or go all in with our Maternity Care Bundle

Bond You with Your Bump

Pregnancy is a powerful, wonderful experience, but it’s impossible to ignore the everyday impact on your body as your little one grows. That’s why it’s important to take time every day to bond with your baby bump and the child inside, even in small ways.

Moisturizing your baby bump is an amazingly simple way to feel closer to your little one. As you moisturize your bump, you are setting aside time to care for your body and your baby. 

This is a great opportunity to slow down, enjoy soothing music, and imagine the beautiful person you will one day give birth to. Some moms even like to talk to their baby bump!

Take a shower or a bath beforehand to really open up your pores and relax your body. This is a great excuse to embrace a bit of self-care. 

The positive vibe you feel from taking care of your body will transfer to your baby and make both of you feel even closer!