You're positively glowing! You must be pregnant! While it is flattering to receive compliments like these from everyone during pregnancy, what's not so great are the other visible changes your skin undergoes when you are pregnant. Skin changes during pregnancy can be rather noticeable, but the good news is that most of these can just as easily be managed with a few simple home remedies.
Here are a few for you to try out yourself:
- Stretch Marks
This one definitely tops the list of the skin changes pregnant women experience. There are many creams and lotions that will claim to reduce or eliminate the appearance of stretch marks entirely. However, the truth is that there is very little substance to their claims. Instead of these, you can try applying aloe vera pulp to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. You will not be able to get rid of them completely. But these marks are usually known to go away by themselves after you deliver. Being patient is the key.
- The Mask of Pregnancy
Pregnant women are often known to develop dark spots, or even black patches on their face. This is also commonly known as 'the mask of pregnancy.' Using a sunscreen daily, even if you mostly stay indoors, can help you fix this problem. You can also apply things like cucumber, tomato or lime juice mixed with milk on the darkened areas for results.
If you thought you were done with acne in your teenage years, think again! Many pregnant women have a relapse of acne as their hormone levels change during pregnancy. You should cleanse your skin regularly with a mild soap or face wash, using lukewarm water. If you have dry skin, use an oil free moisturizer. Avoid using topical acne creams as they are usually unsafe during pregnancy.
- Spider veins
These are the small red. blue or purple veins that are easily visible through our skin. They usually appear on legs or faces. To reduce the chances of spider veins appearing, protect yourself from extremes of cold or heat. Continuous exposure to either of these can make the problem of spider veins worse.
While you might also experience several other changes in your skin during your pregnancy, you can take comfort in the fact that almost all these conditions will automatically sort themselves out once you have given birth. You have exciting days ahead of you, you should keep your energies focussed on that!