- 1. There’s no ‘one’ skin issue— they differ from pregnancy to pregnancy
- 3. Your baby’s arrival may not be the departure of your newly developed skin problems
- 5. What you eat matters more than you think
1. There’s no ‘one’ skin issue— they differ from pregnancy to pregnancy
All mothers are different, and so are each and every one of your pregnancies. If you steered clear from skin problems during your first pregnancy, it doesn’t mean you’ll be as lucky next time round. However, if you didn’t have acne or itchy skin in your first trimester, you’ve probably avoided it for the rest of your pregnancy. But in case you do suffer from these skin problems, you ought to point it out to your ob-gyn or dermatologist.
2. Most of the time, your hormones are to blame
As you probably already know, your body goes through the craziest hormonal changes when you’re expecting. Thanks to hormones like estrogen and progesterone, you may develop skin pigmentation, and the existing moles you have may go darker. Even if you’ve always looked after your skin, and have barely had any issues with it, the excess of these hormones may result in rashes, acne, and other skin problems. After all, your skin’s way more sensitive than it was before.
3. Your baby’s arrival may not be the departure of your newly developed skin problems
You may have heard that your skin needs a good three months after your little one’s arrival to fully recover and get back to normal. However, this may only happen if you aren’t breastfeeding, as breastfeeding too, increases your hormone levels. There isn’t a fixed time for your skin issues to disappear after pregnancy, as at the end of the day, you made a human— just give your body all the time it needs to recover.
4. Moisturizer is your best friend
I’m talking about the natural ones, of course. Rubbing natural moisturizers, such as coconut oil or aloe vera gel on areas of your skin that are most likely to stretch during the course of your pregnancy, can significantly reduce stretch marks. If you can’t seem to find the right natural moisturizer, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic ones are your best bet.
5. What you eat matters more than you think
You’ve been instructed to eat healthy so that your baby gets all the nutrients he or she needs. You should also keep in mind that what you’re eating, affects your skin as well. Foods loaded with vitamins are what you need for a healthy baby, and healthy skin.
6. Pregnancy’s a great time to give your skin a break from make-up
Your body and skin are going through a countless number of changes at this very moment, and due to imbalances with your hormones, your skin’s most likely to change the most in terms of its texture. Covering your skin with more chemicals (from your makeup products) is likely to result in even more acne, due to clogged pores.