10 Maternity Style & Beauty Tips to Look and Feel Your Best

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Truth is, even that oft talked-about pregnancy glow can’t usurp the byproduct of sleepless nights caused by the feeling of excitement and fright rolled into one. So it's completely natural to entertain the thought of adopting baggy shirts and a messy bun as your uniform for the next 9 months. That is, until you discover these effortless tips to looking your pregnancy best.

1. Combine Fitted with Flowy in Your First Trimester

Your bump is just barely starting to show, so it may be a confusing time style-wise. These tips will help you maintain your stylish self without sacrificing the comfort you crave with a growing belly.

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2. Select Comfortable Yet Polished Pieces in Your Second Trimester

Whether the situation calls for sporty or polished, we’ve got you covered. Dress casual without looking frumpy in distressed maternity jeans or show off your bump in a stretchy striped cotton dress.

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3. Avoid Snug Waistlines in Your Third Trimester

You’re getting closer to the big day, which means it’s a time when discomfort is at its peak. But fret not! You’d be surprised at the number of options you have to still look chic—like a diaphanous maxi dress with an empire waist or a striped stretch skirt paired with a pair of sneakers.

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4. Alter Your Jeans into a Maternity Pair

Everyone’s got some stretchy dresses and loose-fitting shirts in their pre-pregnancy wardrobe that they can turn to. But maternity jeans? Highly unlikely. Plunking down money for pants you probably will not wear post-pregnancy may be costly. If you have a pair of jeans that are nearing the end of its life, use this handy DIY for converting them into maternity jeans.

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5. Maintain Your Pregnancy Glow

Despite the common belief that you’re always radiant when you’ve got a bun in the oven, your skin can totally act up—from excessive dry skin to breakouts. Keep those problems at bay with these useful pointers.

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6. Calm Skin Emergencies with a Natural Mask

Chamomile and manuka honey combine to make a seriously soothing solution for those days when your skin is desperately screaming, “Help!” It’s also a great excuse to lie down and do absolutely nothing as the mask works its wonders.

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7. De-Puff Tired Eyes

Maybe it’s the craving you caved into last night or a night of tossing and turning, but you woke up with swollen, puffy eyes. Here are some easy ways to bring the swelling down and kick that tired look to the curb.

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8. Look More Awake with Makeup

If your restless night did irreversible damage for the day (so much that the aforementioned tips just didn’t cut it), look no further than your trusty makeup bag to fake a well-rested look.

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9. Clear Your Skin from the Inside Out

Any dermatologist will tell you that there’s a strong correlation between what you eat and the condition of your skin. Needless to say, eating good-for-you food is even more critical when you’re noshing for two. Sure, you’ll still want that decadent chocolate cake every once in a while (it’s the baby talking, right?) but you can feel better knowing you’ve also made some healthy decisions with this nutrient-packed smoothie.

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10. Obtain a Brighter Complexion with a Clay Mask

Whether you have oily or dry (even sensitive) skin, there’s a clay mask for everyone. Looking good from head to toe during this critical time of your life is built on practices that are equal parts habitual (drinking lots of water) and proactive upkeep (face masks). So whip up a clay mask, turn on your go-to calming tune, relax, and wake up with better skin.

(Image: Lilly Wallace)

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