[By Rennie Wong]
Look a million dollars even when you are expecting. Some tips on how celeb mommies look so hot.
If you haven’t heard the news, you’ve probably been in outer space this past week. Look out world, there’s another Kardashian on the way!
Reports early this week have confirmed that Kim Kardashian is pregnant with her first child, and the father is none other than her 35-year old rapper boyfriend Kanye West.
The couple first starting dating in April of last year, with things hotting up pretty quickly, despite the fact that Kardashian was in the middle of a messy divorce from Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries.
Kim’s sisters Khloe and Kendall also confirmed the good news via Twitter. “KIMYE!!!!! … Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!!! LOVE is everything!!!!,” Khloe wrote on early Monday morning.
If you think being a pregnant mummy means shying away from the limelight, think again. Just this morning, sexy mummy Kim was spotted leaving a LA gym, looking trim and slender. Wearing an all-black workout ensemble and large aviator sunglasses, the first time mom-to-be looked beautiful sans makeup while strutting down the street with water bottle and Blackberry in hand.
Gone are the days of frumpy maternity dresses and hiding indoors. The new age mummy is all about looking yummy, throughout her pregnancy. Here we have some tips that will help expectant mums in tip-top shape.
YUMMY #1: EAT IN MODERATION
In one sense, nutritionally, you are eating for two during pregnancy. Eating healthy is never more important because what you put in your body is feeding both you and your growing baby. Your baby is totally dependent on you for getting enough vitamins and nutrients to have a good start in life.
As far as the amount of food you eat, you are not eating for two. Keep in mind that it is not the quantity you eat during pregnancy that is important, it is the quality. I’m eating for two” used to be an excuse for pregnant women to eat with abandon. Those days are long gone. Physicians today say that eating for two means “quality eating” because pregnant women only burn between an additional 100 to 300 calories a day. And nursing mothers only burn 400 to 600 additional calories a day.
Yummy recommendations: Add brown rice or Quinoa to your diet. This fiber rich, nutritious white rice alternatives are low in glycaemic index and can fill you up without adding up the calories.
YUMMY #2: DON’T STOP STAYING ACTIVE
In the not-so-distant past, women were urged to cut down on or even avoid exercise during pregnancy. Today, we know differently. Not only is it OK to participate in fitness activities during pregnancy, but doing so can have a positive impact on both baby and mom.
Being physically active during pregnancy has terrific benefits that are associated with a better pregnancy outcome and even shorter labors. It’s a win-win for baby and for mom. Of course, exercise caution when participating in any activity, avoid contact sports or high impact activity, and stick with physical activities that you are already used to before you are pregnant. If you are unsure, always consult your obstetrician for advice.
Yummy recommendations: Hatha Yoga and swimming are two great ways to keep the body toned. Yoga keeps your joints limber and builds up core body strength. If you have swam regularly before getting pregnant, then continuing your swimming regime throughout your pregnancy may be an excellent idea. Being in the water actually supports some of your pregnancy weight, helping you to concentrate on working your upper and lower body through repetitive but gentle swimming strokes.
YUMMY #3: ROCK YOUR PELVIS LIKE ELVIS
Kegels (pelvic floor exercises) are still necessary whether you are opting for a natural delivery or a Caesarean. The most damage to the pelvic floor is caused during pregnancy, not delivery. Urinary incontinence is still an issue for C-section patients. Spend some time each day working those pelvic muscles to save yourself a lot of catching up post delivery.
Yummy recommendations: To identify your pelvic floor muscles, stop urination in midstream. If you succeed, you’ve got the right muscles. Once you’ve identified your pelvic floor muscles, empty your bladder and lie on your back. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for five seconds, and then relax for five seconds. Try it four or five times in a row. Work up to keeping the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions. Repeat 3 times a day. Aim for at least three sets of 10 repetitions a day.
YUMMY #4: COLOUR YOUR HAIR
There’s no need to give your tresses the brush off during your pregnancy. Chemicals from hair dye, permanents, and relaxers are absorbed through the skin only in minimal amounts that aren’t harmful.
Experts don’t believe there’s any fetal risk from hair dyes and such. But strong odors from hair treatment products may make some pregnant women feel nauseous. So use them, she says, in a well-ventilated space with a fan.
If you want to be extremely cautious, you can hold off on hair treatments until you’ve passed your first trimester if you’re really worried. You can also avoid dyes with ammonia, which has strong fumes. A word of advice: hair changes a lot during pregnancy, products that worked well before pregnancy might not give the same results.
Yummy recommendations: Go for natural herbal dyes that are ammonia and peroxide free. The effects may not last as long but at least you will feel safe.
YUMMY #5: FIGHT STRETCH MARKS WITH SCIENCE NOT COCOA BUTTER
Cocoa butter prevents stretch marks? False. In fact using cocoa butter makes women’s skin more sensitive, and some women have allergic reactions to it. In humid climates, cocoa butter can also feel sticky and too rich for some skin types. The best way to prevent stretch marks is to ensure that any weight gain you experience is slow and steady. Avoid sudden fluctuations in weight by adopting a sensible diet with moderate indulgences.
Yummy recommendations: If stretch marks have already appeared, your best bet is to wait till you have delivered before seeking laser treatments such as Fraxel Restore laser which can help renew damaged skin. A series of sessions may be necessary. “Depending on the severity of the stretch marks, Fraxel Restore can improve the appearance of the area in 4-6 sessions” says Dr Toby Hui, The Sloane Clinic.
YUMMY #6: KEEP COMPLEXION CLEAR
Some pregnant ladies experience acne outbreaks as a result of hormonal changes during their pregnancy. Oily or sensitive skins are also common complaints. While it is tempting to close an eye to these beauty woes, hoping that they will clear up by themselves, it is better to actually treat these skin issues as they arise. This is because scars from acne outbreaks or broken capillaries from sensitive skin can be here to stay, long after your pregnancy is over.
Firstly, never pick at your pimples, no matter how tempting, use anti-acne skincare products that are safe for use in pregnancy such as erythromycin cream and azelaic acid. Gentle microdermabrasions which uses crystal spray to gentle exfoliate dead skin cells are also safe treatments to undergo monthly. Some ingredients to avoid: vitamin A containing products (retinol, retinoids), salicylic acid.
Yummy recommendations: Sloane Inc Skin Rescue does triple duty controlling outbreaks, reducing skin redness and lightening brown marks. (www.sloaneshop.com)
* Selected as Article of the Month Jan 2013*