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Safe & Effective Skincare Solutions For Pregnancy & Postpartum
The pregnancy and postpartum periods are two of the most magical and memorable seasons of life. It's also a time where the woman's skin requires special care and attention, as it's often impacted by an increase in hormonal fluctuations and quick weight gain. Thankfully, a healthy and consistent skincare routine which includes drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious food and using only natural, certified organic skincare products can help alleviate some of the skin conditions experienced during pregnancy and postpartum. Ensure you use products that provide specific solutions to your skin’s needs such as those outlined below:
Condition: Hyperpigmentation or Melasma. This is where tan or brown patches appear on the face due to an increase in melanin during pregnancy.
Solution: Souvie’s Maternity Face Lightening Serum contains a safe and unique blend of ingredients specifically crafted to promote uniformity of skin tone, revitalising dull spots or pigmented areas of the skin.
Condition: Stretch Marks. The quick weight gain and stretched skin, in addition to a surge in hormones that weaken skin fibres, can cause stretch marks that show up on the stomach, breasts, hips, thighs and butt.
Solution: Souvie’s Stretch Mark Preventative cream acts to intensely hydrate and nourish the pregnant woman’s skin, increasing elasticity and helping to avoid any unwanted stretch marks.
Condition: Swollen ankles, feet & fingers. Swelling & heaviness is caused by the body holding more water than usual during pregnancy, while the pressure of the growing womb can affect the blood flow to feet and legs.
Solution: Souvie’s Leg & Feet Relief Lotion is an ultra-luxe lotion that nourishes and hydrates sore, swollen and tired legs during pregnancy, providing comfort and relief.
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Nutrition Tips for Pregnancy & Postpartum
Hi my name is Michelle Richards and I’m a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner.
I’m deeply passionate about empowering women with the knowledge to live their happiest, healthiest life and to prioritise their needs.
I’m a working mum with two young kids so I know how difficult it can be to juggle it all. That is why I believe it is so important to fuel and support our bodies so we can meet our daily demands with more vibrant energy.
I have had many clients come to me who were tired and exhausted, they were stuck in the cycle of grabbing takeaway and processed foods because they were too exhausted to cook and often relied on sugar and caffeine to get through the day.
Whether you have kids, or you're pregnant or trying to conceive, your nutrition and self-care is vital to your ability to conceive, maintain a healthy pregnancy, and to be the best healthiest you for your kids.
In this article I’ve included some of my top tips to help you build some simple healthy and sustainable habits to improve your health and well-being.
Stay well hydrated. Water is our life force so make sure to drink adequate amounts throughout the day.
Fill up on the good stuff. Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t eat focus on adding in more of the good things. This will naturally crowd out the less nutritious foods.
Fill-up your plate with lots of vegetables and incorporate a couple of servings of fruit in your day. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It doesn’t have to be boring try having your veggies in a variety of ways like salads, roasted, stir-fires, curries, soups etc.
Include some protein in your meals like chicken, turkey, lean red meat, fish, etc. If you’re plant based then tempeh, tofu, bean pastas or legumes are good sources.
Incorporate some healthy fat sources like nuts, seeds, olive oil, seed oils, avocado etc. Include some complex carbohydrates like potatoes, oats, brown rice, legumes, quinoa etc.
And don’t forget your herbs and spices for flavour and their wonderful healing properties.
What we put into our bodies directly impacts our mood, weight, energy and physical health. Be mindful and intentional about what you eat, why you eat and your serving sizes. This will help create more balance and harmony in your body both physically and emotionally.
Hope you can takeaway and apply some of the tips mentioned and feel some positive changes within yourself.
Wishing you a healthy, happy and vibrant life.