Feed Your Skin
Colief Mum To Be is a creamy blend of nourishing fruit, nut and seed oils boosted with powerful vitamins to feed your skin from the outside in. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that contains essential fatty acids (EFAs), vitamins and minerals will also help to keep your skin strong and supple during pregnancy and on your body's road to recovery. Here are three good pregnancy diet rules to follow:
Eat little and often
Take your time when you eat
Sip water throughout the day
In addition, try adding these wonder ingredients to your diet to help maintain beautiful, supple skin:
MaterniCare is packed full of pro-vitamin B5 because B vitamins are fantastic for your skin. They are also very good at balancing your hormones and boosting energy levels.
The following food are also rich in B Vitamins: Broccoli, eggs, tomatoes, watercress, bananas, nuts and seeds, salmon, chicken and cabbage
Vitamin C is often found in skincare products because it supports your body's collagen production and is a great antioxidant terrific for blocking the daily damage caused by free radicals. It also boosts your immune system to keep you in overall good health during pregnancy.
Try: Fresh strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, kiwi, grapefruits and lemon juice
Calcium is a key mineral during pregnancy and to absorb it your body needs vitamin D (which is produced naturally from being out in the fresh air and sunshine) and magnesium. Calcium is good for you and your baby's teeth, bones and skin.
Try: Hard cheese, yogurt, broccoli, watercress, cabbage or dried prunes
Unlike calcium, a macro-mineral that your body needs in large amounts, zinc is a trace mineral. Although the quantities you need are much smaller, zinc still plays a very important role in healthy cell metabolism, wound healing and in supporting your baby's development.
Try: Beef, turkey, wholewheat bread, almonds, split peas, fortified breakfast cereals and eggs
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) have to be provided by your diet as your body can't make them on its own. Vital to maintaining the health of all your cells, these will not only help to give you great skin but boost you and your baby's brain power at the same time!
For Omega 3 try: Salmon, mackerel, sardines (only 1 portion of oily fish a week during pregnancy), green leafy vegetables and pumpkin seeds
For Omega 6 try: Sesame seeds, olive oil, nuts and seeds and soya beans
It can be hard to maintain an ideal diet all the time. And if your diet is restricted – if you are vegetarian, vegan or have a dairy intolerance for example - then dietary supplements are useful to ensure you and your baby still get what you need.
Always take a supplement designed especially for pregnancy and check that it contains 400mcg folic acid and about 25mcg iron. It should not have more than 3000mcg of vitamin A.
It's also a very good idea to take an essential fatty acid supplement. Again, make sure it's suitable for pregnancy and not high in vitamin A. With all supplements always follow packet instructions carefully.