Skin Changes During & After Pregnancy

Now that you are pregnant, get ready to witness many changes pertaining to your skin. Your skin may undergo tremendous changes right in front of you and you are likely to be amazed to witness such drastic changes.

It is not necessary that everyone undergoes skin changes during pregnancy. Here are some of the most common skin changes in pregnancy:

Stretch Marks


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Stretch Marks

This is the most common and most talked about skin change that takes place during pregnancy and this happens to almost all women.

These are pink-red streaks that appear on your tummy due to the stretching of your skin. As your belly grows, you may also experience a dry and itchy abdomen. Applying lotions containing aloe Vera, Vitamin E and alpha hydroxyl is said to have helped many, however this has not been medically proven yet. There is no harm in giving it a try. In order to avoid these marks from turning dark, you need to resist the temptation of scratching or picking them. Find more about skin care @ Skin Care During Pregnancy

Mask of pregnancy

Most commonly known as chloasma, this causes skin discoloration and pigmentation. It can cause blotchy patches on your face or if you are lucky enough, it can also give a glow. The skin between your thighs, your areola, and underarms can get darker than usual. Similarly, if you have freckles and moles, they may appear darker than usual. This is a result of hormonal fluctuations in your body.

Pregnancy Glow

Are people complimenting you for that special “pregnancy glow” on your face? Well, this happens because when you are pregnant, the blood circulation in your body increases. This makes your skin looks brighter. Also, the oil glands of your skin produce more oil and give a shine to your otherwise dull skin. In case you feel that your skin is becoming too oily, use a mild cleanser to keep the grime away.

Pimples and Acne break-outs

On one hand, while some are blessed with a glowing skin, there are some who may face pimple and acne problems while they are pregnant. In case you have been having this problem even before pregnancy, there are chances that during pregnancy, your skin may simply clear itself or it may worsen. This depends on how much extra oil your skin is secreting. Following a strict skin cleansing routine will help. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin well-hydrated.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are blue bulky veins that appear on your legs during pregnancy. This happens because during pregnancy, your uterus grows in size and as a result, there is immense pressure on the veins. Due to this pressure, the valves of the veins are squeezed thereby disrupting the blood flow to your heart. If you are suffering from this condition, avoid standing for a longer duration. Wear uniform heeled footwear.

Spider Veins

Similar to varicose veins, spider veins are reddish tiny blood vessels that branch out during pregnancy. Contrary to varicose, spider veins are caused due to an increase in the blood-flow. Increasing the intake of vitamin C and not crossing your legs can help reduce this condition.

However, these skin changes during pregnancy are temporary and will disappear the moment the hormones settle down. So do not worry if you notice such skin changes in pregnancy. Enjoy your motherhood ride and do not let these minor issues hamper it in any way.

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