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How Should Body Care During Pregnancy?
What are the factors that should be considered in body care during pregnancy?
The process of pregnancy is a period when a woman experiences many changes in her body. These changes are not limited to mothers’ weight gain and body image changes. Almost all parts of the body are affected by various hormonal factors. Many changes occur in the skin, hair, nails, teeth and gums.
What are the skin changes?
The most notable changes are those occurring on the skin. Maternal candidates may have problems such as dryness in the skin, cracks in the breast and abdomen, spots called pregnancy masks, darkening of the skin color, and increased acne.
What to do?
It is important for a mother to care for her body throughout her pregnancy to keep her body well protected, paying attention to her hygiene. Glycerine based soaps can be used to moisturize the skin instead of using normal soap. It is recommended to use body oils during the bath and apply moisturizing cream after the bath. It is important to regularly massage almond oil, cocoa butter or crack creams in these areas for cracks in the hip, abdomen and breast.
The color changes and stains that occur on the skin are often not permanent and pass through after birth. These stains can be covered with cosmetic materials during the day. Before going to bed in the evening, the make-up must be cleaned to make the skin air. Again, in the period when the skin becomes too sensitive, it is useful to apply high protective factor creams against ultraviolet rays before sunlight in the summer.
What should be considered when taking a bath or taking a shower?
Pregnant women are advised to bathe every day in order to provide body hygiene. The most important issue here is to take precautions to prevent the loss of the wet floor. Again, the door of the bathroom should not be locked against possible problems. Bath water should not be too cold or too hot. 36-37 degrees water temperature is ideal.
One of the most common complaints during pregnancy is vaginal discharge. As a result of changes in the natural flora and pH of the vagina during pregnancy, the flow is increased and the tendency to infection increases. If a large amount of yellow and green color, bad odor occurs in the discharge should go to the doctor. If required by gynecologists and obstetricians, oral or vaginal suppositories may be recommended. Apart from these, the expectant mothers can use the daily pads to make them feel more clean and comfortable. The tight pants, which will keep this area moist, are specially prepared for pregnancy instead of tight and synthetic laundry; Comfortable and cotton clothes should be worn with genitals and abdomen. However, vaginal showers are not recommended during pregnancy.
Breast care during pregnancy
Especially in the last period of pregnancy, the mammary glands begin to work and it can be observed that white-yellow milk comes from the nipple called colostrum. This does not have any harm to the health of the expectant mother. The colostrum in the nipple can be cleaned with a lint-free cloth; daily chest pads can be used if it is too discomfortable during the day. After the second half of the pregnancy, the bra needs to be replaced. Cotton underwear, which does not squeeze too much, should be preferred.