Most women care about how they look. But most women are also willing to sacrifice their appearances if their bodies manage to carry their baby to term.
To show our appreciation to mothers, we share with you the beauty bravery mothers go through during their pregnancy. Here are 10 common skin and body changes mothers face during pregnancy, and some of these don’t go away even after pregnancy. Check out tips to improve the issues too!
1. Stretch marks
As skin stretches to accommodate the growing baby, elastin below the skin may tear, resulting in streaks known as stretch marks. These marks frequently appear on the tummy and breasts. Tip for mothers: During pregnancy, work with your gynae to watch your weight and moisturise your skin as much as possible.
2. Linea Nigra
This is a dark vertical line that appears down the middle of your belly, which is caused by pigmentation from hormonal changes. This line tends to appear around the second trimester and is a result of your abdominal muscles stretching and separating in order to fit the baby.
3. Skin pigmentation
Due to hormonal changes, moles and freckles may darken. The body also makes more melanin (the hormone that makes you darker when you are exposed to UV rays), which causes pigmentation to appear around the forehead, cheeks and neck.
Tip for mothers: Wear a sunscreen especially when you head outdoors because UV rays can trigger melanin production further.
With hormones raging during pregnancy, sebum production also goes into full gear. Sebum can cause clogging in the pores, resulting in acne.
Tip for mothers: You may need to change your skincare products during pregnancy to those that can better deal with your oilier skin. Remember to also exfoliate regularly. Take note you should check with your gynae about the use of acne treatments before you use them.
When you put on weight, the skin (particularly between your thighs and under your breasts) can rub against each other more easily, and with this friction, skin chafing can happen. Chafing makes your skin red, inflamed, blistered and even start to smell. In some cases, chafing can cause fungal infections.
Tips for mothers: Keep to loose cotton clothes and try to keep dry. Talc can help to absorb moisture, so use them liberally.
6. Sensitive skin
With your skin stretched and hormonal levels high, pregnant women may find their skin more sensitive than before. Products that didn’t used to have an effect on you may irritate you now, and if you have conditions like eczema before, it may worsen during pregnancy.
Water retention and slower microcirculation can cause puffiness particularly around the ankles, hands and face. This usually happens from the second trimester.
8. Red bumps
Mole-like red bumps known as angiomas can appear because of increased blood flow in the body.
9. Darkening of areola
Hormonal changes can lead to the darkening of the areola, the pigmented skin around the nipple, due to the hormone oestrogen. It is a common change during pregnancy and can occur in all three trimesters.
Tips for mothers: This usually resolves on its own after pregnancy. Don’t worry!
10. Sagging tummy
Skin can lose its elasticity during pregnancy and not be able to go back to its original tight state even after the baby is born.