Our timeline maps out what to book when before delivery.
3 WEEKS TO GO: An indulgent facial
"Blackheads and dead cells build up during pregnancy, thanks to raging hormones, so a good cleaning will help keep your glow," says Joanna Vargas, founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection, in New York City. "You might as well go into labor with perfect skin!" Plus, enjoy some relaxation while you can!
One last thing Even after you deliver, until your hormones level off, your skin might still act out, Vargas says. She suggests incorporating products that contain skin-soothing ingredients, such as oatmeal, calendula, and chamomile, into your daily routine.
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Acne
2 WEEKS TO GO: Cut and color
"There's so much anxiety in those last weeks," says Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon, in New York City. Don't make any major changes, but do book a freshening-up so you won't have to worry about your hair during those first weeks with Baby.
One last thing If you wake up on your due date and there's not a contraction in sight, get a blowout. "It will look good up to two days later," he says.
1 WEEK TO GO: A bikini wax
Hair-growth-inhibiting creams are a no-no during pregnancy, so the only way to ensure a clean look for delivery is to get waxed right before, says Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare Salon, in New York City. It will last a lot longer than shaving too. Barshop suggests seeing a waxing specialist to ensure special attention is given to hygiene and comfort during the treatment.
One last thing For a cleaner wax with no strays, make sure the hair is grown out a quarter of an inch. To reduce irritation post-wax, avoid hot showers and sun exposure for a few days.
"Make it your 'peace of mind' moment before heading to the hospital," says Myrdith Leon-McCormack, a nail expert in New York City.
One last thing Pick a nude or a light-pink shade so chips won't show as much in photos of you holding your newborn. Apply a clear polish every few days afterward to keep the color looking new, she suggests.
Originally published in American Baby magazine in August 2014.
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