The Mask of Pregnancy
Many women are prone to the so-called mask of pregnancy — also known as chloasma (or facial skin discoloration), which can be especially bothersome during the summer months. Be careful, because tanning your face can actually intensify the facial discoloration. To help achieve a natural balance and glow, try a gentle exfoliating mask followed by plenty of moisturizer — and always wear sunblock.
Pumpkin & Papaya Mask
1/2 fresh papaya
1 egg white
1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
1 teaspoon honey
Remove the seeds from the papaya, then scoop out the fruit and mash it in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the egg white until frothy. Mix the egg white and mashed papaya together and add the pumpkin and honey to the mixture. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and apply to your face. Leave on for 10 minutes, rinse off and then apply sunblock.
When you can no longer reach your own feet, there's nothing like indulging in a nice summer pedicure. Pregnant women can safely enjoy pedicures, but be aware that the odor in many nail salons may be overwhelming due to your heightened sense of smell. Look for a well-ventilated salon that has a station near a window and a bathroom close by. Try to book the first appointment of the day, when odors are less pervasive.
As always, check with your doctor before you indulge in any pampering experiences that you're uncertain about.
Author of Spa Mama (Chronicle Books, 2005) and Fit Mama (Chronicle Books, fall 2006), Stacy Denney is the owner of Barefoot & Pregnant, a maternity day spa in Marin County, California.
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