Being pregnant does not mean that you need to forget about fashion and beautiful things for nine months. Here are some tips to help you stay stylish.
Dress for the mood
Look at pregnant celebrities. They shine on carpets in chic dresses, despite their “interesting” position. Have you seen at least one actress in a creepy shapeless hoodie (if this actress has a sense of style)?
A pregnant woman is more feminine and sensual than ever. Use this time to experiment: your image can change with the speed of mood changes (all pregnant women will understand me). For a walk – a flirty baby doll dress, in a movie – a cozy woolen or knitted dress, to the theater or to a dinner party – an evening dress in the Greek style.
Borrow a shirt from your husband
If your wardrobe contains elastic leggings, a pair of loose blouses and a tunic dress, then until the fourth month of pregnancy you can do without special “pregnant” clothes. And when the tummy has already become noticeable, pay attention to your husband’s wardrobe: you have every right to borrow his sweater or shirt. You will get a stylish street style look. So what if you’re eight months pregnant?
To be or not to be … heels
From personal experience, I can say: in the normal course of pregnancy, heels are not prohibited. Moreover, if before pregnancy you did not part with your favorite stilettos. Of course, we are talking about a stable mid-height heel.
At a later date, it is better to reduce the height of the heel to an elegant 5 cm. A comfortable alternative is wedge shoes. The main thing is to choose high-quality comfortable shoes made from natural materials to avoid swelling and heaviness in your legs.
- try to avoid lace-up shoes: in late stages, bending over is uncomfortable
- give preference to calm noble shades: all shades of dark blue are in fashion. A suit in the color of the night sky is perfect for the office, and an evening dress is perfect for a dinner party or a trip to the theater. In addition, calm dark colors slim and make the silhouette seem “neat”.
- be practical: the fashion for oversized clothes allows most of the clothes to be used after pregnancy.
- lingerie is perhaps the only element of a pregnant woman’s wardrobe, for which you will have to go to a specialized store. Free up space in the closet for knitted home sets and specialty underwear that will “change” with your chest size.
Improving health and mood during pregnancy.
You have probably heard about yoga more than once . But yoga is for pregnant women? Is it somehow so?
Or even so?
Not really. That is, of course, this is also possible, but only if you regularly did yoga before pregnancy. For everyone else, especially beginners, there are many less intimidating exercises that are just as effective.
Why should I study at all?
It is very useful. Yes, this is corny, but it is scientifically proven. Women who move more during pregnancy are less likely to suffer from fatigue, nausea, cramps, back pain, thrombosis and varicose veins, according to studies *.
In addition, pregnant women who had moderate physical activity could lose extra pounds faster after giving birth, and also tolerated the process of childbirth more easily – participants in the study with sports training required significantly less pain relievers!
A survey of 1,500 more pregnant women found that physical activity made them feel better overall, slept better, and had a fivefold reduction in their risk of postpartum depression. Which is also important, do you agree?
Why exactly yoga?
One of the basic principles of yoga is to balance body and mind. This is achieved with the help of special postures, the so-called “asanas”. Yoga gently and purposefully trains your body, and thus helps to better transfer stress on the body during pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, you will learn to consciously tense and relax various muscles – this will also come in handy during childbirth!
For pregnant women, exercises that strengthen the pelvic area and exercises for stretching the spine are recommended. Many of the yoga schools use elements of meditation and breathing techniques along with body exercises. And this is a real bonus, because with their help you will learn how to work with anxiety, relax and calm down.
Is it not harmful?
Certain types of yoga are really contraindicated for pregnant women, for example, “hot yoga”, which is performed at temperatures between 30 and 45 degrees Celsius.
Many yoga studios now offer special courses for pregnant women, and it is best to opt for them. But some of the simplest asanas can be performed independently and without special training. Below you will find a selection from , an experienced yoga teacher and founder of the Spirit Yoga yoga studio.
The main condition for doing yoga during pregnancy is to do the exercises smoothly and carefully, listen carefully to your body, and if you have the slightest doubt, consult a doctor.
- Pose for meditation
Sit cross-legged on the mat or half-lotus, depending on your fitness level and desire. The main thing is that your posture is comfortable and relaxed. Hands, palms down, lie calmly on your knees. The index finger and thumb touch slightly (chin mudra). Straighten your spine. Close your eyes and turn your attention inward. Concentrate on your breathing and your baby’s movements. Inhale deeply, directing the flow of air into your abdomen, and exhale again. Relax completely.
- Benefit: relaxation, concentration and adjustment to the lesson.
- Exercise for the back muscles
Stand on all fours with your knees so far apart that there is enough room for your belly, your heels pointing straight up. Inhale, shift your body weight forward onto your hands …
In ydohnite go back. Pull your pelvis back, while at the same time stretch your fingertips forward. The back should be lengthened. Inhale, return back to the position on all fours. Do five reps.
- Benefit: This exercise helps with back pain.
- Rotation by the pelvis
Take a pose on all fours: put your hands firmly on the floor, pull your shoulders back. Rotate your pelvis as if the extension of your tailbone was a pencil, with which you draw large, uniform circles. Close your eyes during exercise. Rotate slowly and carefully. Concentrate on your spine and breathe freely. Change direction after one minute.
- Benefit: Relieves back pain.
- Lateral traction
Get into a pose on all fours. Extend your right leg to the side, placing your foot on the floor. Press the outer edge of your right foot to the floor. Inhale while lifting your right hand up over the side. Expand the space in the chest, with the tips of the fingers of your right hand reaching towards the ceiling. Inhale deeply, directing the flow of air to the right lung. Stay in the pose for three breaths. Then, exhaling, at the same time lower your right hand to the floor, placing your right leg on your knee, return to the original position on all fours. Repeat all the same, changing sides.
- Benefit: relieves tension from the thoracic spine.
- Exercise for legs and back
Strike a pose on all fours. Inhale with your right foot next to your right hand. Exhaling, turn your right toes slightly outward. As you inhale, shift your weight to the right and forward while maintaining a stretch at your thigh. Exhaling, shift your body weight diagonally back and to the left, straighten your right leg. Place your right foot with your heel forward, and pull your right toes toward you. The shoulders and pelvis are directed back. As you inhale, shift your weight forward and to the right again, bend your right knee while maintaining a stretch at the hip. Do three rounds of exercise, then switch sides.
- Benefit: Stretches the leg muscles and strengthens the back muscles.
- Wide stand
Stand with your legs wide apart and bend your knees. Push your hips outward with your hands. Knees over heels. Pull the tailbone towards the floor, keep the sternum upright. With an inhalation, lift the right heel off the floor, with an exhale, lower it back. Change sides. Do three reps for each leg. Then, without lifting your heels off the floor, bend your knees a little more. Stay in the pose for 5 breaths.
- Benefit: strengthens the muscles of the legs, relieves the muscles of the back.
- Savasana (dead man’s pose) on the side
For ultimate relaxation, sit comfortably on your left side, place a pillow between your bent knees. The position on the left side is optimal for the baby’s blood supply. Also place a pillow or rolled up blanket under your head. Relax and breathe calmly. Stay in the pose for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Benefit: Relaxes the body and calms the mind.