Thursday, February 6, 2014
by A. Grano
Most women are prepared (or at least forewarned!) about ailments like morning sickness, fatigue, and mood swings commonly experienced during pregnancy. However, many may be misled about what to expect regarding skin health.
It’s not all about that healthy “glow” so often touted as the norm for mothers-to-be. Luckily, there are many safe, natural remedies that can help keep you looking beautiful and feeling comfortable throughout your journey!
Pregnancy Woe #1: Skin Flare-ups/Breakouts
Hormone fluctuations are inevitable, but that doesn't mean you have to compromise your complexion! Healthy skin is one of the best defenses against the formation of pimples and skin irritation, which begins by promoting skin health from the inside out.
Keep breakouts at bay by following a nutritious, balanced diet that contains plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, protein and calcium-rich foods. Be sure to consult your physician before introducing new foods or supplements into your diet. Drink plenty of water and cleanse skin thoroughly with a gentle, non-abrasive facial wash to remove excess oil but not strip skin of essential moisture. Causticum hahnemanni (30C) is a great natural astringent to complement your skincare routine.
Next, address skin health at the cellular level with homeopathic remedies, such as Hepar sulphuris calcareum(30C), which helps those with sensitive skin and who are prone to pimples or pustules. Carbo vegetabilis (30C) and Silicea (D6) effectively address toxins, helping to clear the skin.
Pregnancy Woe #2: Stretch Marks
While abdominal stretching is a given, the skin of the buttocks, thighs and the breasts may also stretch significantly. However, the actual scarring that causes stretch marks takes place in the dermis, so again, it is important to treat the skin from the inside out.
To promote strong connective tissue, be sure to get regular exercise and drink plenty of water. In addition, tissue salt Calc flor (D6) helps strengthen, tone and restore elasticity to all cells and body tissues. Calc phos (D6) also restores strength to body tissues plus improves circulation, bones and teeth – so it helps baby, too! Essential oils such as mandarin, neroli and patchouli are great to use externally for even more support.
StretchEasy Massage Oil is an aromatherapy massage oil to promote elasticity and protect against common stretch marks in pregnancy.
Pregnancy Woe #3: Itchy Skin
As skin stretches, it may also itch! To support skin strength, health and functioning, get a good night’s sleep, as all the cells of the body are rejuvenated during sleep.
Before getting into the shower, try using baby oil on the itchy parts, as it helps to retain the moisture in the skin. In addition, natural remedies can help maintain balance and hydration of the skin as well as the supply of oxygen at cellular level to avoid discomfort. Nat mur (6C), Kali mur (6C), Galium (3X) and Urtica ur (3X) all provide a range of therapeutic benefits to promote skin health.
Pregnancy Woe #4: Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids during pregnancy are common but often preventable and treatable. The growing uterus puts pressure on veins in the lower pelvic area, but maintaining health can help avoid hemorrhoids. Many women experience constipation, which can cause or aggravate hemorrhoids. Drink plenty of water and follow a high-fiber diet.
To relieve itch and inflammation of existing hemorrhoids, Fagopyrum (12C), Croton (6C), and Sulphur (12C) can help alleviate discomfort, while Aesculus (12C) supports mucous membranes of the rectum and Kali sulph (6X) oxygenates cells to promote skin health.
Whatever your pregnancy skin concern, there is a natural, effective remedy for you! Remember, before trying new natural, herbal, and homeopathic remedies, always consult your physician first!