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How To Dress The Four Pregnancy Body Types

How To Dress The Four Pregnancy Body Types

Pregnancy is a time for feeling joy and happiness. However, because of the changes in hormones and body shape they go through, a lot of women feel they are not able to make the most of this time and aren’t sure how to dress for their new figure. If you are well into your pregnancy and have started to show, it’s time to determine which of the four different pregnancy body types you have so that you can dress accordingly and look and feel your best.

Here are the main pregnancy body types and how you can dress them up.

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Body Type 1: Big All Over

If you have a puffy face and swollen ankles and arms, don’t worry: you are bountifully pregnant, not fat! With this body shape, your goal is to focus on the length of your clothing and not the width. Here are some tips to help you pull that off.

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  • If you feel like your body is bloating up, opt for maternity tops or long skirts that are black in color. Black helps you look thinner and longer, which in turn will get rid of the roundness you’re experiencing. However, if black is not your color, go for natural or dark hues such as khaki, gray or tan, as these have almost the same effect.
  • Pair your top with delicate jewelry or opt for something that has embroidery detailing on it.
  • For your feet, go for low wedges or kitten heels, but stay far away from rounded toe shoes as these will make your legs look bulkier.

Body Type 2: Small All Over

The second most common type of pregnancy body shape is that where your midriff is the largest part of you. If you’re smaller all over but your belly is huge, you need to be on the lookout for clothing that adds dimension to the rest of your body. Here are some things you can try out.

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  • Because your main goal is to add curves to your body, opt for maternity tops that have embellishments such a ruffle or a bow on the side.
  • You can also wear patterns that will accentuate your growing belly and add curves to your slim figure.
  • For the bottom half of your body, go for straight leg pants or jeans with nice patch pockets that emphasize your shapely rear.
  • To finish it all off and add depth to your wardrobe, opt for a detailed necklace and bejeweled flats that give you an overall elegant look.

Body Type 3: Carrying Low

If you are carrying low and look like you are going to deliver any moment now, draw attention to other areas of your body to balance the look. Some ideas on how to do this are:

  • Pencil skirts that are made of denim or other dark fabric will go a long way in helping you seem longer and leaner. Mix these with comfortable wedges and you’ll never want to stop looking in the mirror!
  • V-necks are also a great way to draw attention away from your belly. When paired with dangling, chandelier earrings, they give you the perfect look for a night out on the town.
  • For the top, go for something that is long and covers the torso so that you are properly covered.

Body Type 4: Carrying High

Finally, one of the most difficult pregnant body types to dress is the carrying high one. In this situation, your chest will look like it is a part of your belly. However, following the tips below can improve on this look as well.

  • Your primary goal needs to be to visually separate the bust from the baby, and there are two ways to do this. You can either go for a color-blocked frock that has one hue on the top and another on the belly, or pair your dress with a jersey knit that separates the two parts.
  • For a more detailed look, buy a skinny belt and adjust it above your bump to visually break your top half from the bottom.
  • Pair these with funky but comfortable wedges or heels that lengthen your legs.

When you know how to dress for your particular body type, you will start loving and enjoying this very joyous period of your life. So, keep these pointers in mind and celebrate your new-found curves!

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5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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