How Pregnancy Has Changed My Beauty Routine

Image adapted from Flickr/jerine
Image adapted from Flickr/jerine


There is no other time in life that I feel more beautiful then when I am in the third trimester of pregnancy. Yes, when I am nearing my biggest, when everything hurts, and I hit my belly when I try to walk through doors. Sounds backwards maybe, but for me, this shape helps me fall in love with my body — showing me she's capable of amazing miracles. It's hard not to see the beauty in that.

However, with all the hormones that come into play during pregnancy, I've had to switch some things up in my beauty routine to keep myself feeling beautiful and to take special care of some of the “problem areas”. I am not overly concerned with appearance — really.

When I am pregnant, I have to adapt a whole new routine thanks to all the new problems and things that can pop up when the hormonal cocktail surges through my body.

Right now, I am sitting with my dirty hair tied up, old baggy yoga pants, and a shirt that's clearly not for a pregnancy shape, but when I go out I like to look my best. For myself because it helps me feel better through all the aches and pains of this pregnancy, which has been testing my patience with pain. 

I've always had a beauty routine and can be very particular about the process — from when and where to do what, to which products to use — I like to take care of myself. When I am pregnant, I have to adapt a whole new routine thanks to all the new problems and things that can pop up when the hormonal cocktail surges through my body. 

Image via Flickr/ Lauren Finkel Photography
Image via Flickr/ Lauren Finkel Photography

Hair Care

The Problem: I've had to switch up both my shampoo and conditioner during pregnancy. My hair tends to get a lot more dry and yet oily at the same time. I can't quite explain it, but what I was seeing was, if I washed my hair too often, it would look dull and dry. Also, if I used conditioner too often, it tended to make my hair more oily.
The Switch: I only wash my hair a few times a week now so that it doesn't get dry from the over-shampooing, and I've switched to a more mild shampoo. Also, I only use conditioner on about 1/3rd of those washes and it keeps my hair a good texture. 
The Product: Burt's Bees Baby Bee Fragrance Tear Free Shampoo & Wash, $9.99


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Image via Flickr/

Body Skin Care

The Problem: As my belly grows, it makes my skin itchy and dry and I want to avoid too many marks from all the stretching. I don't usually have a routine for body skin care when I am not pregnant other than the shower washes and a mild spray lotion application.
The Switch: I have found coconut oil to be the most soothing product for my skin as it changes shape. It keeps it hydrated and that stops the itching and dry skin.
The Product: Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $5.95

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Image via Flickr/ aninafish

Makeup Care

The Problem: I don't usually like a lot of coverage with foundations and typically tend to have pretty blended and “normal” skin. When I am pregnant, I get a lot more subtle pigment changes that don't seem to cooperate with typical foundations.
The Switch: Instead of using a thicker foundation that is difficult to find the right shade, I've switched to a light BB cream and it takes care of all the issues in one application.
The Product: I'm still trying to find the perfect one, but there are so many on the market now

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Image via Flickr/

All Body Care

The Problem: I am finding my skin, overall, is looking more dull while pregnant and has been extra sensitive, which doesn't usually happen when I am not pregnant.
The Switch: I've really increased my water intake and I'm finding that keeping hydrated wards off many of the dull skin issues and dryness.
The Product: Good ‘ol water!


Image via Flickr/  ToastyKen
Image via Flickr/ ToastyKen

Oral Care

The Problem: I don't usually like to switch up my toothpaste, but when I got pregnant — the nausea and vomiting took over and it was hard to brush my teeth with the taste.
The Switch: It was the strong peppermint flavors in my usually favorite toothpaste that was making brushing more difficult and you know how important it is to keep up with oral care during pregnancy. I switched over to a cinnamon flavor and all was happier again.
The Product: Crest Pro-Health Clean Cinnamon Toothpaste, $varies

Image via Flickr/  Steve A Johnson
Image via Flickr/ Steve A Johnson

Face Care

The Problem: In early pregnancy, I get a few random breakouts and I like to try to stay on top of them. Since certain chemicals found in the average acne product are not safe during pregnancy, I had to find something safe and effective.
The Switch: Thankfully, there are a few great products out there without Salicylic acid.
The Product: Belli Specialty Skin Care Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, $22

 Has your beauty routine changed at all during pregnancy? Share in the comments! 

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How Pregnancy Has Changed My Beauty Routine

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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  1. Daniela says:

    Luckily, I really haven’t had to make many changes. I do use bio oil every day just to try and avoid the itchiness that actually just began a few days ago

  2. joyce says:

    I have actually still used the same products but I really don’t worry to much because pregnancy has made my skin wonderful and my hair amazing.

  3. Flo says:

    Hmmm, thank God I’ve never been one to use a lot of make-up, just a little eye shadow but that’s about it. The only thing different is that i had to start using a specific soap for my face, but thank God my complexion is fine and my skin is very clear. So it’s been pretty good so far. I am 31 wks and 5 days, so we’ll get to meet our little bundle of joy really soon..

  4. Miriam says:

    I have become overwhelmingly aware of my personal hygiene since becoming pregnant. My regimen and new body secretions (oils) have made a major impact on the type of products I use (soaps and hair products). I have even had to change up my toothpaste as well as use a mouth wash throughout the day because my breath would smell so powerful.


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