With summer in full swing, it's more difficult to muster up that pregnancy glow when you're hot and tired (and, for some of us, huge!). Even if you don't exactly feel radiant, it's easy to fake it with these smart summer pampering strategies. With a couple of at-home treatments and in-salon ideas, you can enjoy this pregnant summer as a hot-looking and cool-feeling mama-to-be.
What a Scrub
This invigorating sugar body scrub can help keep you cool. Just ease into the tub and let the scrubbing begin!
Brown Sugar Scrub
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup jojoba oil
1/4 cup liquid soap
Place the sugar in a medium-size bowl. Add the honey, jojoba oil and liquid soap and mix all ingredients thoroughly.
Make sure your bathroom is warm. Dry the tub, line it with towels and lower yourself in. Then gently massage the scrub all over your skin, from neck to toe (it's a little too abrasive for your face). After a full-body application, remove the towels from the tub and rinse the scrub from your skin with warm water. The jojoba oil will make the tub slippery, so be very careful when rinsing yourself and when getting out.
After a revitalizing scrub, be sure to moisturize and — as always — apply plenty of sunblock before going outside for summer R&R.
Planning to don one of those adorable maternity bathing suits this summer? Don't overlook the wonder of waxing just because you likely have a few questions about it. Is it safe for pregnant women? Absolutely. And once your belly gets too big for you to tend to your nether regions, it's practically a must! But you should always let a professional do the waxing.
There are a few things to keep in mind when you consider which service is best for you. How much hair would you like removed? What's your pain threshold? With increased blood flow during pregnancy, you're probably more sensitive down there. And there's a big difference in the amount of wax (i.e., pain!) used in various procedures. In bikini waxes, the hair that extends beyond your bikini underwear is removed. An extended bikini wax goes just beyond the underwear line. For a Brazilian wax, either most or all of the hair in your underwear area is removed. If you're a waxing virgin, you may want to start with a bikini wax to gauge your tolerance. Eyebrow, lip, underarm and leg waxing treatments are also popular and a nice treat for your expecting self.
As with all spa services, make sure you go to a professional who is experienced and/or certified in working with prenatal women, and always let her know if you are experiencing any discomfort.