Pregnancy is one of those times where there are so many changes going on it can be hard to keep up.
You have the obvious symptoms that can plague you during the first trimester, the fears over weight gain and of course that growing belly.
Once that pregnancy test shows positive you will probably start to notice the changes in your body. Even before that test shows the two lines, changes are already happening thanks to hormones! Those hormones are of course, incredibly necessary for the healthy growth of your baby, but sometimes they can cause some weird changes — even to your skin.
Click through to read 6 skin changes that may happen during pregnancy:
1) Stretch marks: About 50-90% of women will develop some form of stretch marks during pregnancy. Some will get barely noticeable ones while others will find them everywhere. Thanks to your growing shape if your skin stretches too far a mark will appear. Family history, nutrition status and weight are all factors that may increase your chances of developing these permanent lines.
2) Acne: If you have an issue with acne before pregnancy chances are it will become worse while pregnant (though, not always). Blame it on the hormones, it can show up at any point during pregnancy and for some it can become quite severe.
3) Linea nigra: The linea nigra is a dark line that may develop on your abdomen from belly button straight down. The same hormones that are responsible for your areolas on your breasts darkening is the reason for this line. Don’t fear though, this line is pain-free and disappears a few months after birth.
4) Mask of pregnancy: Also known as “chloasma” it’s marked by blotches that appear on your cheeks, forehead and nose — looks like a mask. It is also thanks to those hormones surging through your body and will also fade a few months after birth.
5) “Glow”: I am sure you have heard the phrase, “Oh, you’re glowing!” when referring to a pregnant woman. It’s a combination of the increase hormones and blood circulation.
6) Varicose veins: A result of the increase of circulation and pressure that your uterus puts on your legs, these swollen veins can be painful and may or may not go away after birth. Learn some tips on how to reduce your chances of developing varicose veins while pregnant.
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