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3 Ways pregnancy changes your skin

All women experience pregnancy differently. While some would experience morning sickness from dusk to dawn and bare the sight of food, others have the weirdest cravings and eat none-stop.

There are days when the simplest task can be exhausting while other days you have boundless energy.

If there’s one thing that many women long for during pregnancy is the glow. The rosy cheeks, the clear skin and all round healthy skin.

Like many other aspects of pregnancy not all women get to experience “the glow”.

Due to physical and hormonal changes in the body, your skin goes through many changes during those nine months.

Here’s how pregnancy effects your skin.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks are nearly unavoidable during pregnancy.

As your belly grows, your skin stretches especially during the second and third trimester.

These marks often appear on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs.

While there many oils and creams on the market that promise erase stretch marks, most of the time they only lighten the marks.


Due to hormonal changes, the area around your nipples, the skin on your inner thighs, genitals and neck might darken.

Women often develop dark patches on their face called chloasma.

While in most cases chloasma fades over time, there are, however, some women who struggle for years to lighten the patches. Sun exposure worsens chloasma.

Many women will notice a dark line, that runs from your navel to your pubic bone, during their pregnancy. This line is called the linea nigra.


Instead of the luminous pregnancy glow, there are some women who struggle with acne during pregnancy.

To counter acne, wash with a gentle cleanser.

Resist the urge to pick at the blemishes because it could lead to scaring.

Shampoo regularly and be careful about what touches your skin.

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