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Katia’s Pregnancy Routine: Some Things Change, Some Stay The Same

"I love being pregnant! It’s like a little special treat inside,” says Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp. It turns out that this mom-to-be actually has two little treats inside—she’s due to give birth to twins this May. And because we can’t not talk about pregnancy beauty, we sat down with Katia to get her take on everything from baby-safe products to the first thing she’ll do after giving birth.

What’s the biggest surprise about being pregnant?

Finding out I was having twins! That was insane.

How has your day-to-day changed?

Before, I didn’t have any really strong convictions about how I would act pregnant, but finding out that you have something growing inside you, you’re so much more conscious about what you’re putting inside and on you. It’s a big responsibility.

How have you tweaked your beauty routine?

Your head is the most porous part of your body, [so] the first thing I did was change my shampoo and conditioner. That was hard for me because I was pretty addicted to my shampoo and conditioner, the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. I switched to Madison Reed, and now I’m obsessed.

For my body, I use the Acure Body Wash. I use Malin+Goetz deodorant, which I had already switched to when I learned about ingredients in deodorant from the Of a Kind founders—I was so, you know, turned off and scared! Then body lotion I use Yes to Carrots the Body Butter.

The biggest thing: I don’t get manicures and pedicures anymore, mostly because of the fumes in the space versus the product itself.

Have there been any unexpected side effects?

The supplements I’m taking have definitely made my nails and hair grow faster. My skin has been maybe better than ever, which is really nice.

What do you miss from your pre-pregnancy life?

Doctors are so chill about telling you what to give up, though they advise you on what foods not to eat, of course. The big surprise there was cured meats, which I love so much. I really miss charcuterie!

Are there any services or products you weren’t interested in until your pregnancy?

When I got pregnant I started getting preventative facials. I know your skin changes and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t suffer, and I love it! I love that idea of being really good to your skin, so I think I will try to keep doing that. I also got gifted a prenatal massage and I was like “Oh massage, I should do that more!”

What things do you have planned for once the boys arrive?

I have so much research to do, but luckily Deena [Bahri, CMO] has two beautiful children and so many opinions on what you can use and what you can’t. I definitely will do my homework—well, I’ll probably cheat on my homework and have Deena tell me what the homework should be and then place my big order from Honest Company.

What’s the first thing that you’re going to do once have the twins?

Color my hair. And I’m really excited about a pedicure.

What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve gotten?

The best advice that kind mothers tell you is not to listen to anyone. Feel what you feel, be authentic to yourself. I try not to go down the Google hole of, what is this feeling? And what could this be? I just try to be positive.

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