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How Does Your Skin Change During Pregnancy? 

How Does Your Skin Change During Pregnancy? 

Pregnancy brings about many changes in the mother’s body. Aside from the emotional shifts experienced, you may also find differences in your skin due to hormonal imbalances. Not every pregnant woman lives the same changes; some may notice a sudden glow on their face while others experience unusual skin conditions such as acne, stretch marks, and dark spots.

Here are some common conditions you may see on your skin and how best to manage them as you go through pregnancy.

Acne and pimple breakouts

Hormonal changes cause an increase in oil production, which makes pregnant women more prone to acne breakouts. Similar to how you usually manage it before, you can follow a skin cleansing routine using a fragrance-free soap every night and morning. Do not use medicines that promise to remove acne, as they may bring more harm than good to your body.

However, you can use some over-the-counter (OTC) products that contain glycolic acid, topical benzoyl peroxide, and topical salicylic acid during pregnancy; For your safety, it is still better to consult your doctor before applying these OTC products.

Stretch mark

As you go further into the pregnancy, your belly will stretch continuously to accommodate your baby’s growth, which makes stretch marks inevitable. You can’t prevent the emergence of the pinkish streaks on your abdomen, breasts, thighs, and butt despite the skin creams you use.

However, staying hydrated and using lotions with vitamin E may help, despite not being medically proven to directly prevent the marks. But don’t worry. These streaks can fade over time, especially after delivery. Aside from stretch marks, the Line Nigra, a darkened pregnancy line on your abdomen, will also start to fade after pregnancy.

Dark spots

During pregnancy, some women may also develop dark spots on their faces, particularly on the cheeks, forehead, and nose. It is commonly called ‘chloasma,’ ‘melasma,’ or usually named ‘mask of pregnancy.’ Melasma happens when melanocytes or pigment-producing cells produce more melanin due to hormonal changes.

No worries, as this is no more than a beauty concern. However, this may exacerbate as you get more exposed to the sun. To avoid making it worse, continue using sunscreen during and even after pregnancy. You may use creams as prescribed by your doctor to help make the dark patches fade.

Varicose veins

The increased pressure and weight cause varicose veins to emerge and are common during pregnancy. With decreased blood flow from the lower body due to compression of the veins, blood pools on the legs, and are making it difficult for the veins to pump the blood back to the heart. It causes swollen and blue veins leading to discomfort and irritation.

Varicose veins are temporary and will shrink after delivery. If you want to prevent or manage it, wear compression socks and put your feet up to help blood flow to return. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods, as well.

Aside from the common skin changes, you may also notice several symptoms that your labor is near. Mucus plug and discharge are different from each other. Many experience vaginal discharge during pregnancy, so it may be hard to distinguish it from mucus plug— a determination of impending labor. The latter protects the cervix from infection and will be discharged as labor approaches.

Pregnancy comes with tremendous changes in the body. It is a normal physiological change and is something not to be overly worried about. You cannot stop the changes, but the best thing you can do is manage the symptoms, prevent them from getting worse, and consult your doctor if anything more than usually happens.

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Dana Cull

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