Baby, It’s Hot Outside! The Baby Mama Summer Playbook.

I have always dreamed of one day nurturing a precious life inside of me, and now that day has finally come. Of course, as most mothers will attest, the experience is not always ‘flowers and candy’. Yes, there is the inherent ‘glow’, but at some point (or many points) during the pregnancy you get spouts of insecurity, considering your receding waistline, the eventual weight gain, hormonal breakouts and other things that may make you feel ‘un-pretty’.

There is also the fact that you’re carrying another human being who is living on your nutrients and draining your energy, which oftentimes makes you feel too tired to even try to make an effort to look good. Now that summer has kicked in, it becomes increasingly hard for pregnant women to stay cool, even in air-conditioned environments. But don’t let these factors get you down. Here are some tips on how to look good and feel good this summer from one baby mama to another.

Baby Mama Summer Playbook

Put your best face forward

Though you may be experiencing ‘un-pretty’ syndromes as you undergo many physical changes, it doesn’t mean you have to settle. There’s no harm in putting on a little lipgloss, some rouge on your cheeks, and eyeliner to liven up your eyes. If you take the effort to look good, feeling good will instantly follow!

Go shopping for now and later

There are various flattering silhouettes and cuts that can work for you during and after pregnancy, so you don’t have to necessarily buy maternity wear. Opt for empire waist and swing dresses and tops, anything made of stretch jersey material, midis and maxis that will not get too short as your belly grows, and soft chiffon that flows gracefully around your body without making you look bigger than you are.

Baby Mama Summer Playbook

Be bright, free and easy breezy

Because being pregnant naturally makes it harder to breathe and makes you one hot mama (literally), help yourself by wearing breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, crochet, chiffon and jersey, and avoid wearing anything very tight so you’re free to move around. We’re now at the brink of summer, so bring out a cheery disposition in your wardrobe with pastels and neon brights. Yes, dark colors may slim you down, but you’re pregnant and shame on those who call you fat!

Protect yourself from sun and gravity

Wear SPF protection on your face and all areas that will be exposed to the sun, as you don’t want to add sunburn to your list of things to worry about. And as your center of gravity shifts some women tend to become clumsy while carrying the extra weight or in situations where the weather gets too hot to handle, some may faint, so put those heels away, especially when you reach your second trimester. Prevention is always better than cure.

Baby Mama Summer Playbook

Take a trip to the salon or just take a trip!

Although pregnant women are strongly advised not to color their hair, get a facial or a body massage at least in the first six months, it doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a mani-pedi or a relaxing hair treatment that will serve as a good ‘pick-me-up’. And just because you’re pregnant it doesn’t mean you are disabled, so even if you can’t travel outside the country, go enjoy a weekend getaway out of town with your hubby or a picnic by the beach with your family.

As women, we should celebrate our bodies, which were created to bring new life into the world. And what better way to celebrate than to pamper yourself (before you have to start buying ‘Pampers’ for your little one)…because you deserve it!

Baby Mama Summer Playbook

Wear: White, Orange, Aztec
What: Kimono – Forever 21 / Skirt – Splash / Sunglasses – Just Cavalli / Beachwear – From China
When: Weekend At The Beach

Photographed by Sam Malimban.