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Looking good while pregnant is possible to achieve

(NBC) - Many expectant mothers-to-be think that looking their best while pregnant can be a challenge, but according to doctors it's possible without harming your baby.

Pregnant women still want to look their best despite the norms of pregnancy like swollen ankles, varicose veins and stretch marks. Some are turning to body shapers like Mama Spanx, hoping to look good while expecting

But if the idea has you worried about harming you or the baby, obstetrician Dr. David Ufberg says relax.

"I find a lot of patients, not just Spanx but any support garment, see a lot of benefits," Ufberg said. "If a garment is so restrictive that it's uncomfortable for you, that it's causing difficulty breathing, then you need to consult your physician."

If breakouts are your pregnancy burden, the doctor says most over the counter skin care products, such as those with benzoyl peroxide, are safe. Ufberg does give warnings though.

"The skin gets very sensitive in pregnancy so you have to be careful," Ufberg said. "If there's a medication that someone is using that I can't say is 100 percent safe, like Retin-A type product, then I will tell them very clearly to avoid it."

So if you are worried that you're not going to be able to partake in your regular beauty regimen, rest assured. Ufberg says that they are all perfectly safe during pregnancy.

"There's never been any studies to show that pedicures or foot massage are going to cause problems in a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy," Ufberg said. "I remind patients that they are pregnant and not sick and it's a magical and wonderful time and that you shouldn't be afraid to look your best and feel your best."

Anyone who has any medical problems in pregnancy or has any concerns or questions should check with her doctor first.

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