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Some common skin changes during pregnancy….

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Pregnancy can affect your skin in many ways, Some mom’s will get the rosy glow. Others may find skin changes  not so wonderful!

But… there are some things you can do to prevent, treat, or at least camouflage most of the changes you may be experiencing. Many of them will go away after you are holding your little bundle in your arms!

 

Stretch Marks

Most women emerge from pregnancy with a few stretch marks snaking across their pregnancy-stretch-marks belly, back and/or breasts. Heredity plays a big part in determining whether you will have stretch marks; if your mother had them, chances are that you will too. There are many lotions and creams that claim to prevent or treat stretch marks, but there is no proven treatment or prevention for them and these lotions are mostly good for relieving the itchiness caused by your stretching skin.  After delivery, most stretch marks will start to fade to a silvery or white color until they are barely noticeable.

A badge of pregnancy….kinda sorta.

 

Acne

Your skin may become oily and break out during your pregnancy thanks to all those hormones raging through your body. On the other hand, some women experience improved skin and fewer breakouts duNews1_1ring pregnancy – it just depends on your body and your skin type. If you do experience oiliness and breakouts, be sure to wash your face twice a day and moisturize with an oil-free lotion. Never go to bed with your makeup on, and keep your hands away from your face. And definitely do not pick, squeeze, scratch or pop your pimples; this will make them worse and can lead to scarring.

 

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This is also known as melasma, or the “mask of pregnancy.” It may appear as dark blotches or patches on your face and affects those with darker skin tones more often  than lighter. Sun exposure can make it worse, so be sure to stay out of the sun (easier said than done in Florida!) and wear sunscreen. The darkening usually fades a few months after delivery, although subsequent pregnancies can intensify the coloring. Try using makeup to camouflage the patches.

 

Spider Veins

These are tiny broken blood vessels that usually appear on your face, neck, chest and upper arms. They are red, bluish or purple and are visible just below the skin’s surface, and are caused , in part, by all the extra blood running through your pregnant system.They should disappear shortly after you deliver.

Darker Pigmentation

You may notice that freckles, moles, your nipples and areolas become darker during pregnancy. Hormones are to blame for this change in skin pigmentation and it should go away after you deliver. However, if you notice moles or freckles that have changed shape, grown larger, or look suspicious, show it to the  doctor or midwife… just to be on the safe side.

Linea nigra.

Many women normally have a faint linea alba (white line) running from linea their navel to the center of their pubic bone. It is barely visible before pregnancy. (You may not have even known it was there). Sometime in the second trimester a linea alba becomes a linea nigra, a dark line that is much more noticeable. In some women the line extends upward from the navel as well. The linea nigra is  often darker in darker skinned women and disappears several months after delivery.

 

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