Your growing belly is a sign your baby is happy and healthy. Here are six ways to show love to your bump
NATURALLY, some of you may not be feeling ‘bumptastic’ at the moment. That belly gets in the way of sex, stops you seeing your feet and weighs a tonne, doesn’t it?
But your blossoming tummy is doing an amazing thing as it stretches to accommodate your growing baby. So, rather than feeling like a beached whale, discover ways to enjoy your bump and give it the TLC it deserves.
If your bump gets itchy as the skin stretches, there are ways to tackle it. “Dry, itchy skin can be relieved by using a plain moisturiser regularly through the day,” advises Anitaa Punjwani, mum to Anais, three months. “My doctor prescribed a special bath oil that did the trick,” she remembers. If you’re seriously itchy tell your gynac, as very occasionally it can be a symptom of an underlying liverm disorder, obstetric cholestasis. When it comes to the dreaded stretchmarks, unfortunately whether you get them or not is simply down to genetics and how big your bump gets. There’s little hard science to show that anything defi nitely works to prevent them, although moisturising creams will make the skin look and feel smoother. Most stretchmarks do improve with time. Eating healthily will help you avoid excess weight gain that can increase your chances of getting stretchmarks, while drinking lots of water will keep your skin hydrated and smoother looking. “I put cocoa butter all over my tummy. I did get some stretchmarks but they faded very quickly,” says Christine Braganza from Mumbai, mum to sevenmonth- old Joshua.
DRESS IT UP!
“Being free from all the pressures about how women are ‘supposed’ to look is great,” says Jhanavi Kapoor, from Bengaluru, who’s 26 weeks pregnant. If you’re battling morning sickness or are simply pooped, it’s easy just to throw on anything that still fits. But treating yourself to some fashionable maternity wear can be a real boost too. “Getting bigger during your pregnancy is inevitable, so embrace it and make the most of the beautiful clothes around these days,” advises Girija Sampat from Pune. What better excuse to check out the maternity ranges?
BOND, BABY, BOND
Take time out to think about what’s going on inside your bump. When your gynac examines your abdomen, ask her to explain how your baby is lying. That will help you visualise your baby and what she’s up to. By 24 weeks your baby’s ears are complete and she’ll soon recognise your voice. So read to your bump, tell her about your day – anything to make you feel closer and more connected to what’s going on in there.
“I used to be exhausted when I came in from work, so I’d put my feet up and use it as a chance to chill and think about what my baby was up to inside,” says Nicole Mistry from Mumbai, mum to nine-day-old Jehaan.