Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby! But wait, where’s that pregnancy glow that you’ve heard so much about? Have all those television shows been trolling you all these years?
Depending on what month you are in, your face might be covered in pimples. You might have some dark splotches here and there. Or, you might be itchy from some random rash. Before you say goodbye to radiant, bright-looking skin, it is vital to give your body a break.
The truth is that pregnancy is responsible for a lot of strange symptoms. Your skin may only be reacting to the hormone surge in your body. While we understand that this is annoying, the good news is that most of these symptoms are completely harmless and will disappear after you give birth.
Below is a list of skin conditions that could pop up during pregnancy:
1. Stretch Marks
Almost every pregnant woman will notice stretch marks around her belly, legs, or other areas of her body. Stretch marks are red and white streaks that usually run down your breasts and abdomen. They appear when you rapidly gain weight, or of course, when pregnant. However, sometimes, stretch marks are a result of genetics.
Once you give birth, your stretch marks will subside into a pale white color. To help heal stretch marks, lather your body with cocoa butter and lotion. You can also try some herbal remedies if need be. However, talk to your doctor before trying anything new.
Many patients complain about looking like pimple-faced teenagers when pregnant. This is usually because, during pregnancy, the hormones in your body cause oil glands to produce more oil. This leads to more breakouts.
To prevent this, try to double-cleanse your face every day. Use a cleansing balm to remove your makeup, and follow it up with a foaming cleanser of your choice. You can also opt for over-the-counter topical treatments. However, consult your doctor before trying anything new. Don’t worry; your acne will subside once the baby is born.
PUPPPs- pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy- is one of the most common conditions that pregnant women face. These itchy rashes show up around the belly, usually when you are in your last stage of pregnancy. They can also spread to the arms, legs, and buttocks.
Even though PUPPP is harmless, it can get annoying. The red, itchy rashes disappear once you have a baby, but if you want to get rid of them before, you can opt for a steroid cream. Most steroid creams relieve itching and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body. However, ensure that the cream is safe for you and your child.
4. Skin Tags
Skin tags are loose growths of skin that are common during pregnancy. Don’t worry; they’re harmless! They usually show up underneath the arms and breasts. However, there is usually nothing you can do to prevent them from happening. If they do not disappear after you give birth, you can opt to get them removed.
Despite the hormones and the skin conditions that pregnancy brings, don’t forget that it is a beautiful experience, and your body will heal, as always.