Pregnancy tips

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Obvious pregnancy tips

As I am in the middle of my second trimester, I thought I would share some tips. Nothing unexpected or that you have never heard before but I can see it is working for me or at least until now. It is helping me to stay healthy and relax during this special time.

  • Your body is changing and you can get tired very quickly so one advice: take it easy ! Don’t rush, don’t push yourself too hard especially at work. You are now breathing for two, it can be exhausting.  On the other hand, you can sometimes feel a lot of energy within yourself. Take advantage of these days to do yoga or to go swimming. It is good in every way: body, mind, spirit. Being slow does not mean being inactive.
  • Eat clean. Although I tend to eat as clean as I can (I am not perfect), I also never restrain myself. Variety is the key. No meat or fish for me but I am used to do so since I am fifteen. There is not one single rule when it comes to food. Except maybe no alcohol and listening (at least considering it) what your doctor tells you.
  • Follow an easy and simple routine. I never wear a lot of makeup but I am trying to focus on the quality of my skin. Dry skin is never confortable so I use a body cream (odorless) more than usual. After the first semester, your hair won’t need a lot of caring: the hormones make them grow faster and less oily that is why I tend to keep a very minimalist routine.
  • Love yourself. Your baby will thank you and your partner will love you even more. It will help you going through the pregnancy, no doubt. Obviously, you will gain some weight but it is for a good cause, it is better not to care too much as long as you are healthy.

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  • Read as much as possible! Having a brain activity is so important. Essays, fiction, non-fiction, books about pregnancy… Whatever. The point is to stimulate your imagination, your critical thinking, to get informations and a lot more.

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  • I know, I said to take it easy. But being pregnant also means that you have a lot of administrative procedures to do, documents to fill in and appointments to attend. I am very very bad at doing these things but since september I try to do it on time because I am no longer on my own. Yes it is boring and not fun but it is for the best. Getting stuff done is important.

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  • I never thought I would be pregnant while living in Paris, I always thought I would be in the countryside. I need fresh air, trees, long walk in the forest or just being surrounded by silence or the singing of the birds. Observing nature is necessary if I want to stay positive. I know I should go more in parcs or force myself to escape the city even a few hours…

Above all, I believe the key is to listen to yourself and your body. Make some small changes in your everyday life if you feel the need but nothing too dramatic. Try to avoid stressful situations and take care of yourself. And as my doctor said “you’re pregnant, not sick.”

PS: Happy birthday my love.

Girl’s crush

Karlie Kloss might be only 21, she is more than a girl: she is a woman. This american model is a real beauty and a cameleon. Her body is a marble human sculpture : sportiv yet full of grace, strong with a touch of fragitility ; it is almost indecent. Her face is fascinating. She looks like an obstinate doll with her strong attitude. Add to that, she has got a mysterious smile, two blue almond eyes surrounded by happy eyebrows and her skin is absolutely delicious. Here are some pictures of Karlie. Enjoy.

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Pictures 2-3-4 by Mario Testino.

About tattoos

Recently, I have read a lot of articles about tattoos. I wanted to give a personal thought about this very subject, as it is something that I have been struggling with for a long time and for a lot of reasons. I am once again my own paradox when it comes to tattoos and you will see why in a minute.

I wanted to illustrate this article and while I was looking through my pictures file I noticed I had almost no picture with tattooed people! Well, I had one picture. A sort of a cabaret girl, all glamourous and stuff. I am not even sure her tattoos are real but that is not the point.

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Discovering that I was not instinctively attracted by tattooed people, as my pictures file was suggesting me, I was first very surprised and then I started to think. Think about what we call my “own definition of beauty” and about the people who inspire me the most. We all have somewhere in us an ideal of beauty. When I look in my deep self, I see that beauty always had something to do with the “natural side”. I found myself being very inspired by the XIXth century and all the romantics painters and writers ; I love impressionism, watercolor, purity in its truly meaning. Beauty in my mind is deeply associate with long hair and naked feet, sand and salt, black lashes and morning dew. My inconsciousness appears to be very traditional and I guess it is because my vision of beauty seeks for a return at the Golden Age when the body and the soul were all naked, literally speaking.

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Pearls of Aphrodite, Herbert James Draper

I had to go trough this before I tell you what I think about tattoos because it probably explains a lot.

As you might NOT tell yet, I like tattoos. I do. Tattoos are a way to express our vision of aesthetic in our own body (well, not in every cases but I am not talking about the “I-m-drunk-I-want-a-tattoo-who-says-shitty-me-love-boobies”) and I respect everyone who made the choice to be tattooed. I see it as an act of creation and there is nothing wrong in being creative, right? I should then say : that is where the troubles begin. So many people have tattoos because it is fashionable, because they think they will look cooler with one or two, because they saw a nice one on pinterest… Come on! Tattoos should liberate your own self and your personality, not be a gold cage to become like everybody else. Someone confident, smart, funny will always be beautiful, with or without a tattoo to me. And if the tattoo is original and personal, this person might be even more beautiful to certain people. Tattoos are like make-up: there are not here to hide a part of you but to embrace your own beauty and reveal what is already beautiful in you. I know it sounds naive but I truly believe it. I specially like Colines tattoos: it is subtil, well designed and beautifully done. As for Rihanna, her tattoos are an extension of her bling-bling yet sporty style and I find it very sexy and with a strong credibility.

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Credit Etpourquoipascoline

Riri

I myself thought about getting tattooed, specially in high school but I probably knew it was not something I really needed. I like my body with his natural scares and I do not feel the need anymore to add extra marks. But we never know… I do think it can be too much sometimes but once again, I totally understand that some people find it aesthetically attractive. What I do not understand is the speech who says “people with tattoos will regret it someday”: do you really believe they did not think about it and that it is a spontaneaous decision? It surely can be but all my friends who have tattoos do not feel any regret. The body is a piece of art in itself, do not forget it.