The Skin You’re In: 4 Notes On Pregnancy And Postpartum Body Image

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Body shame proliferates and leaves women feeling stymied during a time when identity is shifting so completely. As disorienting as it may be, pregnancy and the months following provide a supremely important time for women to muster a newfound understanding of letting go of ultimate control — control over the body, control over “getting it back” and control over striving for an image of perfection our babies surely don’t need us to embody. Here are four ways we can endeavor to take good care of ourselves as we witness our bodies changing during pregnancy and in the postpartum period: 1. Acknowledge the Transformation. When you learned you were pregnant, what were your initial body-related thoughts? Joy, dread, awe, fear? Being keenly aware of our reactions to body change can help yield a more graceful experience during pregnancy and beyond.
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Natural hair care during pregnancy

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As a working mom, how do you balance it all? Do you think the modern mom can have it all? I dont know. I think having it all is a very subjective thing.
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If you are wearing an afro, trim the ends to maximize manageability. Once you have a good hair cut or trim, be sure to keep your hair conditioned and tangle free. Try to avoid coloring your hair as the chemicals in dyes can penetrate the scalp and the fumes, even if not very noticeable, can affect your baby. Invest in the basic products, shampoo conditioner, moisturizer and oil and follow a regular regimen to cleanse, condition and moisturize your hair. Wearing 2 strand twists or braids without extensions can give your hair multiple style options without having to redo every week. Most naturals can wear braids or twists for 3-4 weeks without the hair locking up on its own. Finally, take your vitamins.
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