Skin Changes During Pregnancy

Skin Changes During Pregnancy

Skin Changes During Pregnancy - Skin Rashes During Pregnancy - Itchy Skin During Pregnancy - Stretch Marks During Pregnancy | Pregnancy & ParentingSeveral skin changes happen during pregnancy. The most commonly referred to skin change is the “glow of pregnancy” which happens on account of an enhanced blood supply to the skin and hormonal changes. However, not every pregnant woman’s skin is suffused with this ‘glow’.

On the contrary many women might experience an increase in instances of acne, darkening of the skin especially the moles and nipples, or some might suffer from dry scaly skin, or new moles might appear. Some women might also observe that the skin on their face especially around the nose has turned darker. The positive aspect being that much of these changes are transient and post delivery they disappear on their own accord.

Stretch Marks – Most women worry about the occurrence of and persistence of stretch marks on their body. Stretch marks occur because of the skin around the tummy, thighs, breasts and bottoms is stretching to accommodate the growing baby. Although stretch marks cannot be avoided and do make the skin look ungainly, most of them recede with time. The severity of stretch marks depends on your weight gained during pregnancy, genetic factors, and skin type. In most instances, post delivery the stretch marks fade into thin, faint silvery lines. Women often use creams enriched with Vitamin E to prevent/reduce the stretch marks but the result varies from body type to body type and isn’t a definitive cure. The best strategy to reduce the intensity of stretch marks is to ensure a healthy diet enriched with Vitamin C and a gradual and limited weight gain.

Several women may also suffer from itchy skin especially around abdomen. The itching sensation generally begins in the third semester when the skin starts stretching to accommodate the growing baby. In most cases, application of moisturizing creams eases the sensation. However, one needs to consult the doctor if the itching persists. Sometimes the itch might be due to higher levels of bile in the body. This is a more serious issue and needs to be monitored and controlled with the help of medicines prescribed by the doctor.

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