Pregnancy can leave its mark on you in so many ways; physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Physically, it can leave a literal mark…..lots of marks or a few marks. Whatever the case may be, there are some natural ways to reduce their appearance (I don’t think anything can actually eliminate them….and who would really want to? They’re part of your motherhood journey).
Mama Natural has a lot of great things to say about this topic, with wonderful recipes for body butters and such. I just want to talk to you about a big topic that you’ll often hear from the midwives here at Edenway
Did you know that the way you eat can affect your skin? A diet rich in good fats, protein, healthy carbs, and moderate dairy can do wonders; even help with stretch marks.
Along with the basics of a good whole food diet there are some things you can do to really boost your health in many ways; your skin included.
No, I’m not talking about sugary jello that you find at the store. I’m talking about a powder rich in protein from animal bones. Ever wonder why your mom or grandma wanted to make you chicken soup when you were sick? It’s because of the health properties found in the broth that had been simmering with the chicken bones. Cool, huh? And you can safely add this to your food during pregnancy.
Gelatin has many health benefits that go beyond health for your skin. Here are just a few:
Helps your body digest food
Promotes joint health
Stabilizes blood sugar
These are amazing benefits! The cool thing is that you don’t have to cook and de-bone a chicken anymore! If you’re one who likes to throw chicken breasts in a soup without the hassle of bones, just add a scoop or two of gelatin to the pot!
There are also tons of fun recipes that use powdered gelatin. So many options!
The only type I have personally tried and love is from Trim Healthy Mama. This is in no way an add for them; I just love their company’s products because they actually in their very hearts care about the ingredients. They’re also a business run on wonderful principals, and I love to send business their way whenever possible.
Another super powder that you can add to SO MUCH is collagen. I literally add a scoop full to smoothies, soups, and sauces…..whatever I happen to be blending or simmering on the stove.
Collagen helps skin elasticity and reverses aging. This is beneficial to eat even during pregnancy. Like gelatin, there are many other benefits:
Helps you build that muscle and lose that fat
Helps diminish cellulite ( Hallelujah!!)
Again, the only powdered collagen I have personally tried and love is from Trim Healthy Mama. Truly, I’m not paid to advertise for them. It’s purely from my own experience with their company that I wholeheartedly endorse them.
There are many oils and supplements out there that also help your skin look its best; we just always want to encourage you to approach things like this holistically, which includes diet in a big way.