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How to Take Care of Yourself During Pregnancy - A Mom's Account

Soma Sarkar
Pregnancy

Created by Soma Sarkar
Updated on Oct 19, 2019

How to Take Care of Yourself During Pregnancy A Moms Account
Reviewed by Expert panel

Being a mother is the most beautiful feeling in the whole world. You get all your soul and dreams packed in a new body. However, this special bond in my life brought along many undesirable feelings too. My body structure was not the same anymore. Those gained kilos were distinctly visible. I was not bothered much about my weight except that it leads to stretching of my skin especially over the stomach. This stretching was abruptly accompanied by itchy and rashy skin. I remember scratching my body like a devil.

The whole sequence of approaching trimesters was making me more irritable and always kept me in a bad mood. From an uneven skin tone to those varicose veins, I felt like puking even at the sight of chocolates. These factors led me to depression. Even though I was aware of this phase which happens in every woman's life, but in actuality, it was very challenging. I became the epitome of mood swings and was in an emotional and physical turmoil. My appearance changed, and, all of this together destroyed my inner peace.

Like all other to-be moms, I too was dealing with a messy affair. I was desperate to get rid of all the discomforts - especially the scars, rashes, stretch marks, and my uneven skin tone. Luckily, my friend came to the rescue. Her satisfying experiment with Bio-oil for stretch marks and skin rashes was a big-time hit during my pregnancy. I started using it around my second trimester. It was easy to apply and was soothing for my itchy skin.

Quick Tips for Moms and To-Be Mom After Baby Birth

After experiencing the highs and lows during my pregnancy, I would love to share a couple of quick tips with all the moms and to-be moms who may need them.

  • Use Bio-oil Well Before Your First Scar or Rash Appears - I would advise starting its' application by the end of the first trimester only. Applying it over your stretch-marks / scars or belly will keep your skin moist and help you keep the redness away. It also neutralizes the uneven skin tone. Bio-oil is completely safe for your baby and you. So, massage it twice a day for a moisturized, marks free skin.
     
  • Stay Hydrated - It is the next best thing you can do for yourself while carrying a baby. Eat freshwater, lemonade, and fiber-rich salads with cucumber sprouts to maintain the water balance in the body.
     
  • Staying Active - This is very important if you are an expecting mother. Mild exercises or brisk walking helps you stay active and aids in having a smooth pregnancy. It reduces the chances of any complications too.
     
  • Having a Balanced Diet is what everyone should ensure. However, in pregnancy, it becomes a necessity. Eat dry fruits, fruits, vegetables, protein, and milk-based foods to provide all the vital nutrients to your growing baby. Your diet should be rich in carbs, proteins, and desirable fats
     
  • Keep Checking Sugar Levels - Check on your sugar levels too. Maintaining an appropriate sugar level during pregnancy is very crucial. High sugar levels may affect the baby's health and may lead to complications. So, exercising and limiting sugar intake is very helpful in pregnancy days.

Undoubtedly we moms, have a way of taking care of everything, yet sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. Following these pointers have helped me immensely in staying beautiful - both from inside as well as outside. I have taken care of myself and hope you will take care of yourself too. Stay healthy, happy, and beautiful! 

Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Bio-Oil India. Their product Bio-Oil is a Skincare specialist, trusted in 127 countries for reducing stretch marks in 90 days.

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Oct 19, 2019

Very informative article for my wife. Thanks Parentune

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| Oct 19, 2019

Hi Soma ,didnt knew about bio oil ..thanks for sharing this

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| Oct 25, 2019

Hello I'm already using bio oil it's amazing when I was 3months I start it

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| Nov 05, 2019

Whether bio oil helps in removing pregnancy stretch marks. Planning to buy please share your thoughts??

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| Nov 05, 2019

Yes this help, you are in which month now? apply twice, take plenty of water and keep a check on your weight gain.

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| Nov 05, 2019

actually i hv started to apply bio oil from 5th month of pregnancy.. n rlly it works well.. i didn't get a single stretch mark.

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| Nov 06, 2019

Don't concentrate much on ur skin stress marks as of now u still have time for that U can use all the oils and stuff once u see the cute belly bumping out

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| Nov 06, 2019

I used coco butter lotion which actually helped me. I have few marks here and there... U can try this

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| Nov 20, 2019

I use natural Shea butter, makes my skin glow.

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