Conditions During Pregnancy
brings in a lot of changes in a woman. Just as her body goes
through a lot of changes, her skin also undergoes certain
changes such as skin darkening, stretch marks, itchy skin,
and other skin conditions.
About 70 percent of women experience some skin darkening during
pregnancy. Women with darker complexions are more prone than
others. Skin darkening normally shows on your upper lip, nose,
upper cheeks, forehead, nipples, areolas, freckles, underarms,
and even your inner thighs and vulva. It is believed that
higher levels of estrogen, progesterone, and melanin -stimulating
hormone cause this skin darkening. The line from the navel
to the pubic bone often darkens. When this happens, it is
called linea nigra, or black line. The same increased production
of melanin that causes facial skin splotches is responsible
for darkening this line. It will probably fade back to its
pre-pregnant state several months after you have your baby.
What can I do:
These skin pigmentation changes usually disappear on their
own after delivery, but you can do a few things to minimize
them in the meantime:
Protect yourself from the sun. Exposure to the sun might
worsen your condition. Use sunscreen whenever you go out.
Try not to go out in the heat during 11 to 3 pm. Also
cover yourself up and use an umbrella or a hat.
Continue folic acid intake during your pregnancy since
evidence suggest that skin darkening during pregnancy
is caused by a lack of folic acid.
Eat plenty of green vegetables and drink eight-to-ten
glasses of water daily.
Apply a concealing makeup.
is one of the most common problems faced by pregnant women.
This is because of the increased blood supply to the skin.
In late pregnancy the skin of the abdomen is stretched and
this may also cause itching. Itching should last only in
the first 3 months. If the itching lasts longer, disturbs
sleep, or turns into a rash, see your doctor immediately.
can I do:
Due to hormonal changes, certain skins may secrete more
oil, leading to skin eruptions and pimples. Not every woman
will face this problem. For those who have oily skin this
problem will be more during pregnancy.
What can I do:
Wash your face more often during pregnancy. Avoid using
greasy creams and make-up, and go easy on the moisturizer.
Drink plenty of water.
who have dry skin are likely to face this problem. Your
skin might dries up during pregnancy, and it may start itching.
Heaters and air-conditioners dry out skin even further,
so if you sit in an air-conditioned or heated room, apply
heavier moisturizer and keep a humidifier in the room. Even
a wide-mouthed bowl filled with water helps increase the
level of humidity in a room. If you neglect your skin during
this time, it may lose some of its elasticity and fine lines
could appear on your face.
can I do:
Apply calamine lotion to soothe the itchiness, and apply
Use a humidifier in air-conditioned or heated rooms.
than half of all pregnant women develop stretch marks on
the abdomen, breasts, hips, and thighs. These lines are
usually red at first, but after pregnancy may fade to a
silvery white. They are caused by the change in hormone
levels during pregnancy. Stretch marks usually appear during
the second trimester. Stretch marks are more noticeable
in women with fair skin. There is no proven way to prevent
can I do:
Stretch marks usually start to fade after delivery. If they
do not fade after pregnancy, stretch marks may be treated
with laser to make them less visible. Eat vitamin and protein
rich food. Also drink lots of water and have a balanced