Pregnancy - Skin Care
Skin changes happen to all pregnant women.
Most of these will go away after your baby born.
The ‘glow’ of the expectant mother is not just a look of happiness. Skin oil secretions increase as a result of hormonal changes, especially during the second half of pregnancy. Because of this, you may have skin breakouts similar to those of the teenage years.
What can I do to lessen the chance of Breakouts?
- Drink lot of water. Water helps clean the pores of the skin.
- Wash your face often with a gentle cleanser
- Do not use greasy creams and makeup because they will clog the pores.
What can I do for skin that is very dry?
Dry skin with itching can be a problem for some woman. Moisturizers for dry skin, calamine lotion for the itching and plenty of fluids will help. Also keep rooms well humidified during the colder season when the heating is on. If this does not help, talk to your doctor about using other medicines.
CHANGES IN SKIN PIGMENTATION
Pregnancy hormones can have many effects on your skin. For example, you may notice more dark spots on your face or other parts of your body. This can be one of the earliest sign of pregnancy.
You will notice the darkened areola around your nipples. You may also see the darkening of the linea alba. This is the white line that goes down the middle of your stomach to the top of your pubic bone. You likely never knew it was there. When this line becomes darkened, it is called the linea nigra or black line
Women with darker complexion may also find patches of darkened skin on their forehead, noses and cheeks. In dark-skinned women these may look like white patches. These patches are called chloasma or the mask of pregnancy.
Will this darkened pigmentation go away after pregnancy?
Yes. These darkened areas will start to fade after you have your baby. If you are planning to be in the sun, use a sunblock with a minimum SPF of15. The sun can darken the spots even more.
There is some evidence that the increased pigmentation is caused by too little folic acid. It is a good idea to take your prenatal vitamins right through pregnancy because most of them contain folic acid
Stretch marks appear as pinkish or reddish streaks running down your abdomen and/or breasts. It is hard for pregnant women to avoid stretch marks. Almost all women will develop them. These pink or reddish, slightly indented streaks can show up on your breasts, hips, thighs and abdomen. These marks are caused by stretching of the skin. Some mothers will be lucky enough to have a more elastic skin tone and will not get any of these marks. This may to genetics of perhaps to excellent nutrition and exercise.
What can be done for Stretch marks?
- Stretch marks are caused by a large and/or fast increase in weight. You may minimize stretch marks by keeping weight gain steady, gradual and moderate.
- Cream, lotion or oil will not prevent or remove stretch marks. However, these remedies may help if your skin is itchy
- Stretch marks will gradually fade to a light silvery sheen after delivery.
Swelling of the Gums (Mouth)
You can develop ‘pregnancy gingivitis’ or swelling of the gums. It usually starts during the first months of pregnancy and continues until your baby is born. Your gums will improve within several months after delivery.
How can I avoid problems with gums?
To help prevent gum problems:
- Brush and Floss your teeth regularly.
- Eat well-balanced meals.
- Do not brush your teeth for 30 minutes after vomiting. The stomach acid combined with brushing may erode your tooth enamel. Rinse your mouth with water, or use a fluoride mouth rinse to freshen your mouth and protect your teeth.
- Limit foods that are sweet or stick to your teeth
- Continue with regular dental visits
Regular dental cleanings and check-ups are safe at any time during pregnancy. Tell your dentist or dental hygienist that you are pregnant.
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