Q: I’ve heard that it’s safe to color-treat hair during pregnancy, but I’m hesitant. Is this true?

A: Many feel that highlighting hair versus an all over color is safe because a relatively small amount of dye is absorbed into the scalp – not enough to hurt the fetus. However, it’s important to consult your doctor and avoid using any beauty products with a strong scent or chemicals during your first trimester, which is the most crucial time of development for your baby, and also the period when strong smells can make you feel nauseous.

Q: My doctor recently advised me to use sunscreen everyday, but I hardly see the sun during cold weather. Is sunscreen really important for a winter pregnancy?

A: Absolutely! Sunscreen is essential no matter the season, especially if you’re pregnant. The fluctuating hormones in your body actually make your skin more sensitive than usual. For this reason, make sure to use a non-chemical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which aren’t absorbed into the skin and topically block UV rays.

Q: I have unruly hair that I usually smooth with hairspray. I recently found out I’m pregnant – is it still safe to use hairspray?

A: This is a subject of great debate in the beauty world. Hairspray contains phthalates, which many consider to be harmful to your health. Although this hasn’t been proven just yet, stay on the safe side and shelf your hairspray throughout your pregnancy. Try a mousse or a hair gel – which will give you the same effect – instead.

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Amidst the fluctuating hormones and hot flashes, many moms-to-be find winter to be the most comfortable season. But don’t let yourself get stuck in a cold weather rut, repeating the same familiar staples over and over. In this article, you’ll find stylish ways to adjust your wardrobe and beauty routine, proving that style and comfort can coexist in all stages of pregnancy – and in even the chilliest weather. Keep reading for flattering cold weather beauty and fashion tips that will enhance your look from head to toe.

Are you worried that weight gain, morning sickness and hormonal changes will put a damper on your fashion and beauty sense – especially during the cold weather season? Pregnancy is actually a great time to play around with fashion, and the latest maternity trends offer comfort and style in equal measure. This winter, focus on cozy trends that allow for growth in the belly area while making you feel chic and beautiful.

During pregnancy, don’t forget about maintaining a solid beauty routine as well. As a general rule, avoid any products that have chemicals or strong scents in them. Not only is your body more sensitive at this time, but some formulas that normally work for you may be too harsh while you’re pregnant. Consult your doctor if you have concerns about any skincare and beauty products.


  1. Invest in leggings. Leggings are on comfortable, on trend and versatile, making them the perfect wardrobe staple for pregnancy – especially during wintertime. Pair stretchy pants with a long, loose tunic, which are particularly flattering for pregnant women and provide extra room and comfort for that growing baby bump.

  2. Prevent varicose veins with compression stockings. They may not sound sexy, but investing in couple pairs of compression stockings can help minimize your risk of unsightly – and even painful – varicose veins, which are common during pregnancy. Ask your physician which kind of medical compression stockings (for instance, Jobst Women’s Ultrasheer Pantyhose) best fit your legs’ veins conditions. Properly used, compression stockings can help prevent blood from pooling in the legs, keeping your gams smooth and healthy.

  3. Work the oversized cardigan. Stay warm and cozy with a few colorful knit sweaters and cardigans this season. Buy a size up so you can wear this trend all the way through your pregnancy (and after!), and use accessories to dress it up or down for any occasion. With styles ranging from elegant cowl necks to casual, slouchy boyfriend sweaters, there’s no shortage of possibilities.

  4. Stay comfy in skirts. Maternity skirts have undergone a serious upgrade in recent years. Try skirts that fall right above the knee in printed or embroidered patterns for a look that’s anything but frumpy. Or opt for a maxi skirt, which you can wear over leggings to stay extra warm.

  5. Get stretchy with maternity pants. Maternity pants are a must, especially during winter, but they key is finding the right pair to suit your taste and shape.  Choose the fabrics you like best – such as cotton, jeans or flax – and add variety with fun tops and accessories. For a no-fuss yet stylish winter look, pair stretchy pants with a tank top and oversized cardigan, and complete the look with a statement necklace or bracelet, a pair of warm winter boots and your favorite handbag.

  6. Keep warm in a scarf. Scarves are a great way to add personality to any winter wardrobe, especially in bright colors that help cheer up the winter doldrums. Choose a few different styles in fun prints, various lengths and thicknesses so you have multiple options on chilly days. The best part about this cold weather staple? Since size isn’t a factor, they’re a long-term investment – through pregnancy and beyond.

  7. Embellish with sparkle. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t dress to impress! Try picking out a few signature shirts, sweaters and jewelry that shine with sparkly, metallic material and fun patterns. For those who normally splurge on shoes, go for jewelry instead. Dressing up your feet during pregnancy is difficult since they’re likely to grow and swell – but earlobes, wrists and necklines won’t.

  8. Feel soothed in soft fabrics. It’s important to always be comfortable when you’re pregnant, so the right fabric choice is essential. Pamper yourself with a cashmere hoodie, which is both chic and cozy. Loose, luxurious silk pajamas are also a great choice for comfortable and restful sleep.


  1. Stave off stretch marks. One of the most common side effects of pregnancy is stretch marks, which occur as a result of skin rapidly stretching during pregnancy. According to Ladies’ Home Journal, an estimated 90 percent of women develop stretch marks while pregnant. Luckily, there are effective products that can prevent and reduce the appearance of these pesky lines.

    • During pregnancy: Belli Elasticity Belly Oil contains a blend of medically researched ingredients, including calming lavender and sweet almond oil that soothes, nourishes and moisturizes skin to help stretching occur without damage. For best results, use this oil morning and night throughout your pregnancy.

    • After pregnancy: Belli Stretchmark Minimizing Cream heals and repairs stretch marks once they’ve already occurred. This cream is specifically formulated to decrease the appearance of existing stretchmarks using ingredients such as darutoside and registril. For best results, use this cream morning and night for at least four weeks.

  1. Refine your skin care. Since hormones fluctuate during pregnancy – bringing unwelcome side effects like acne, dry skin or sensitivity – having a foolproof skincare routine is essential. But what if the products you’ve been using for years no longer do the trick? It may be time to make some adjustments.

    • Belli Acne Cleansing Facial Wash is made with powerful, acne-fighting ingredients that leave skin clear and refined, without over-drying. Touted as the safest acne solution on the market for pregnancy, Belli uses hydroxyacid to lift away dirt, oil and bacteria for clean, blemish-free skin. You can use this formula as a daily facial cleanser or leave it on for five minutes as an intensive facial mask to treat acne.

    • Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator is a lightweight facial moisturizer rich in botanical humectants that refine and soften skin texture. This hydrator leaves skin feeling refreshed and invigorated with antioxidants, chamomile and a light citrus scent.

  1. Pamper dry skin. Along with hormonal changes and stretch marks, it’s likely you’ll suffer from dry or chapped skin – especially after you begin nursing. Try these products to keep skin firm and hydrated during and after pregnancy.

    • During pregnancy: Belli Body Firming Serum is specially formulated to lift and firm your breasts, buttocks and abdomen to offset the effects of pregnancy. This special serum includes shiitake mushroom extract to increase elasticity and rice proteins to help maintain healthier, smoother-looking skin. To apply, start at the ankles and use light sweeping motions all the way up to the neck, then from the wrists up to the shoulders. Apply this serum once or twice daily.

    • After pregnancy: Belli Pure Comfort Nursing Cream aids chapped skin around the nipples as a result of breast-feeding. This medical grade hypoallergenic lanolin balm is safe for nursing babies. Plus, the cream soothes, mends and forms a protective barrier that locks in moisture and prevents outside irritants from causing further discomfort. Apply this cream with clean fingertips after each feeding.

Looking for some easy ways to enhance your pregnancy glow – even when you’re feeling less than stylish? From maintaining flawless skin to adding a few chic staples to your wardrobe, these fashion and beauty tips will help you maintain radiance from head to toe, in every stage of pregnancy.


See also:

Easy Skincare & Beauty During Pregnancy

FAQs Handbook Chapter 14: Pregnancy, Babies and Kids - The 11 Questions & Answers

Winter to Spring Fashion & Beauty Trends

Winter Makeup, Fashion and Hairstyle Trends to Take You into Spring


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Belli Stretchmark Minimizing Cream Belli Stretchmark Minimizing Cream is a healing skin reparative treatment specifically formulated to decrease the appearance of existing stretchmarks."
Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator Healthy Glow Hydrator is a lightweight facial moisturizer rich in botanical humectants that refine and soften skin texture. Perfect for Moms to be."
Belli Anti Blemish Facial Wash An exfoliating wash rich in powerful pore-cleansing ingredients that leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying."

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