6 Ways To Feel Beautiful During Your Pregnancy

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Image via Philippe Put/Flickr

I'm the first to admit that I don't feel beautiful when I'm pregnant.

And yet, I do think that pregnancy is beautiful–and that all women deserve to feel beautiful during their pregnancies. 

All women deserve to feel beautiful during their pregnancies.

But, still–sometimes that takes a little extra pampering. So how exactly do you feel beautiful in the midst of puking and outgrowing every pair of pants you own again? A few tips for making your pregnancy as beautiful as you are!

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Image via rocknroll_guitar/Flickr

1. Use a ponytail to extend your wardrobe. Nothing is more unflattering than the awkward in-between stage of pregnancy. You know, when your regular clothes don't fit and maternity jeans still fall around your ankles? My trick is to use a ponytail to stay in my skinny jeans just a bit longer–loop on end of a ponytail around the button on your jeans, pull it through the hole on the other side, and then loop it around on the button again. Voila! Free and easy pregnancy style. 

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Image via misocrazy/Flickr

2. Be O.K. with buying a maternity wardrobe! If you take nothing else from this post today, remember this: please, please don't be afraid to buy yourself some maternity clothes that fit and flatter you. I limped through each of my three pregnancies, feeling guilty for “wasting” money on clothes that I wouldn't wear for very long (ha) and making do with  my husband's old t-shirts and stretchy yoga pants.

Just.say.no.

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You're doing important work here, and you deserve to have clothes that make you feel pretty. There are so many different and cute maternity clothes out there, so get rid of the guilt and shop for some staples: one pair of jeans, leggings, tank tops or sweater (depending on climate and time of year), and at least one maxi dress! Then layer up with pre-pregnancy pieces and accessories. 

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Image via Travel Salem/Flickr

3. Get your hair done. Honestly, when I'm pregnant, it feels like there is absolutely nothing I can really do to make myself feel better. Shopping? Not fun when you look so large. (Beautifully large, but still.) Make-up feels like a wash because I'm crying and puffy all the time. Even date night with my husband can feel more like a chore because let's face it–I'd rather be vegging out on the couch. But getting my hair done–a lovely scalp massage, some fresh highlights, and a blow-out and I feel like a new (albeit slightly larger) woman. Ahhhh….

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Image via Emery Co Photo/Flickr

4. Believe your man when he tells you that you're beautiful. No, really. This one will go a long way to helping you realize that you are beautiful. Most of us push our men away, shaking our heads in protest whenever they compliment us. But they mean it–they really do think you (and your baby bump) are beautiful. So believe them!

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Image via HeyDanielle/Flickr

5. Get a pedicure. Ok, forget what I said about getting your hair done. What I mean was, get your hair done and get a pedicure. The priciest, most luxurious, longest pedicure of your life. Because soaking in the tub and admiring your painted tootsies while you get a foot massage may just give you the strength you need to power through those last weeks of pregnancy. 

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Image via David Leo Veksler/Flickr

6. Get maternity pictures done. I don't care if you feel swollen, I don't care if you think you'll feel foolish doing them–get your date booked for maternity portraits, sometime. Usually the 6-7 month mark makes for some ridiculously cute baby bump pictures. I stress maternity pictures for two reasons: 1) Getting the pictures back, in all their edited glory will make you realize how beautiful pregnancy is, and you will treasure that forever, even in your non-pregnant state. And 2) you'll have a reason for all of the other four suggestions here, yay! 

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6 Ways To Feel Beautiful During Your Pregnancy

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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5 comments

  1. Rachael says:

    Ugh but I can’t afford any of these things )): not even hair tyes or clothes )):

  2. Alanna says:

    Acne, weight gain, etc. It’s certainly hard to feel beautiful!

  3. Chelsea says:

    my boyfriend tells me every single day how beautiful he thinks i still am, and my belly too. 🙂
    even though i’ve gained close to forty pounds (and still not done…) he still reminds me, and i love him for it!

  4. Stephanie says:

    im starting to feel more beautiful and accept that my boyfriend still thinks i look good. somedays its hard to accept when you are swollen all over and your face is broke out lol

  5. Joana says:

    I think every woman should feel beautiful during this stage because of the great angel that is growing inside of us because even though the baby bump makes us feel a little fat that little bump is what makes us look beautiful…

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