Women experience many physical changes during pregnancy. One of the most evident may be the changes that occur to their skin.
This is a condition of skin darkening, normally on the forehead and cheeks. During pregnancy the body produces more hormones, which increases pigmentation in the skin. Pregnant women are therefore advised to always wear at least an SPF 30 on their skin when they are out in the sun, and to wear a comfortable hat. These dark patches can fade, but can be difficult to completely remove. Once a woman experiences skin darkening, she becomes more prone to redeveloping the condition throughout her life, maybe due to one’s genetic heredity.
The “pregnancy glow” is caused by the fact that a woman’s body creates up to 50% more blood while she is pregnant, resulting in a brighter skin appearance. Her oil glands are also working on overdrive, giving her skin an extra dewy appearance. But this can also create other skin annoyances such as acne or breakouts.
Breakouts & Acne
Due to the increased activity of their oil glands, women who already experience periodic breakouts, or even women who have never had a breakout, can experience acne from time to time during and after pregnancy. It is best they use mild products on their skin, and to stick to a strict regime, which would consist of cleansing their skin morning and night, followed by a toner to absorb any extra oil. They also should avoid products containing alcohol or strong, acne-fighting medicine. A woman’s skin during pregnancy can become extra sensitive so it is best to avoid exfoliating it.
These occur on the body when there is a sudden gain or loss in body weight. Due to weight gain and stretching of the skin during pregnancy, stretch marks commonly happen. Over time, they fade to a silvery white colored scar and become less noticeable. They may even disappear completely when the cause of the skin stretching goes away. It is best to keep the skin hydrated during pregnancy by drinking enough water and applying body lotion. Coconut oil and other natural nut oils are great substitutes for hydrating
Varicose & Spider Veins
Due to excessive swelling and water retention during pregnancy it is common to see the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins especially in the legs. Varicose veins are described as swollen veins, and many people complain of aching in the legs associated with this condition. Spider veins or flooded capillaries, on the other hand, are normally red or bluish in color and have no pain related to its appearance. It is important for a pregnant woman to keep an exercise routine and have a healthy diet to maintain a healthy weight. Keeping the legs elevated
and wearing compression leggings
can help to alleviate the presence of these veins.