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7 Natural Tips to Treat Pregnancy Acne

How to safely treat breakouts and get that pregnancy glow going.

7 Natural Tips to Treat Pregnancy Acne

Haven't had a killer zit since high school? Well, now that you're pregnant, you may get "zitty" once more. That's right, your pregnancy complexion may not be as glowy as you expected, and you can (as always) blame hormones for it. During the first and second trimesters, you will get surges of the androgen hormone, which can trigger breakouts. Progesterone at the beginning of pregnancy can also cause your glands to secrete for oil, clogging up pores and causing bacteria build-up. Ugh, am I right? The upside, though, is that pregnancy acne is temporary and clears up once you are farther along and your hormones balance back to normal. But since none of us want to have a glow coming from rashy, pimply bumps, let's figure out what we can do about it.

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Here are 7 tips to improve pregnancy acne.

1. Make your own mix with essential oils. Lavender, clary sage, jojoba and tea tree essential oils have the ability to release stress and balance hormone levels. They're also gentle on the skin and, unlike your regular cleanser, won't dry your skin out, which is especially important during the winter months. If you do want to stick with store-bought cleansers, make sure to read the ingredients and opt for those that do not have parabens and sulfates, and try to incorporate essential oils into your skincare routine, after washing your face.

2. Moisturize with Coconut oil. Coconut oil is known for hydrating and soothing the skin. It is very gentle, and one of the best times to apply it on your face is just before you sleep. Consider using cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil for a nighttime moisturizer.

3. Hydrate. We can't stress this enough, but drink. drink. drink. Lots of water, that is. Not only will it hydrate your skin, but it will also keep your overall body hydrated. It's especially important if you incorporate exercise into your routine and are exposed to warmer climates, which will make you sweat more.

4. Make a DIY face mask. Both oatmeal and cucumber are soothing and cooling for the skin. Cucumber contains a high amount of silica, which is a mineral that keeps our connective tissue together and keeps it strong. Try a homemade treatment with this facial mask recipe. Clay also has antibacterial properties and can be used to rid the body of toxins and metals. Mix a teaspoon of bentonite clay with water until it forms a paste and put on your face. Keep on for 20 mins, and rinse with warm water.

5. Create a good sleep routine. Healthy sleep patterns have a positive impact on your entire pregnancy health. But what if you don't sleep well? When you are sleep deprived, your skin suffers as it doesn't "rest" and regenerate. As a result, it tends to secrete more sebum, which can up your chances for breakouts. So make sure you sleep 7 to 8 hours, and foster a healthy sleep environment: soft lights, no TV for at least 30 minutes before bed, and no electronics and social media in the bedroom. Insta-mom, we're looking at you.

6. Eat well. Nutritional deficiencies are associated with skin problems, including acne. And since pregnancy puts an additional drain on your body, it's important to ear even more nutritious, wholesome foods to counter that. Up your vitamin A intake with cold liver oil, egg yolk and pastured butter. That will boost cell turnover and improve your skin overtime. Eat fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C to help with collagen production and skin elasticity, as well as with breakouts. Zinc has also antibacterial properties, so don't skimp on red meat and shellfish -- just make sure that everything is cooked well and follow ACOG recommendations. Whatever you do, try to avoid processed foods that contain refined sugars.

7. Put probiotics on your face. Topical probiotics come in the form of creams, serums, and sprays. They are designed to maintain a healthy skin micro-biome. Probiotics help increase the number of good bacteria while decreasing bad ones. This can thus help clean your pores and clear your skin of blemishes. You can either mix a capsule of probiotics with coconut oil (for extra moisture) or use naturally fermented yogurt directly on your face!

Have you had experience with pregnancy acne? If so, share the remedies that have helped you in the comments below.

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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Report: President Trump plans to choose Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

What you need to know about this mom of 7.

When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died on Friday her spot on the Supreme Court was vacated and on Monday President Trump said he is prepared to make his third U.S. Supreme Court nomination this week. "I will announce it either Friday or Saturday," Trump said on Fox News, adding, "We should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg."

Now, CNN reports President Trump plans to choose Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court Nomination. He is expected to make the announcement on Saturday.

According to CNN, senior Republican sources are "indicating that Barrett is the intended nominee... All sources cautioned that until it is announced by the President, there is always the possibility that Trump makes a last-minute change but the expectation is Barrett is the choice."

President Trump says a vote on this Supreme Court nominee should come before the upcoming presidential election (a move that goes against Ginsberg's last wishes—and the precedent set by the senate in 2016). The President previously said he was looking seriously at five candidates for the spot, but during his Fox News interview on Monday, he only mentioned two: Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa.

Here's what you need to know about Amy Coney Barrett

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