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What are the common skin problems during pregnancy? and solution suggestions

What are the common skin problems during pregnancy_ and solution suggestions

There are many changes in your body during pregnancy, right? Some of these also occur in your skin. During pregnancy, there are conditions such as mole formation, eczema, acne, and darkening. So, are you wondering what other skin problems you might encounter?

In this article, we talked about all the skin problems experienced during pregnancy. Read on to find out what you don't know!

1. Stretch marks in pregnancy

Stretch marks problem during pregnancy

Probably one of the common skin problems of all pregnant women is stretch marks! Pregnancy stretch marks, which we think you hate especially because of their aesthetic appearance, appear due to the effect of hormones and the skin's stretching from day to day.

Pregnancy stretch marks usually appear in the 3rd or 4th months of pregnancy. It can also cause itching during this process.

It is important to act early to prevent the formation of cracks! If you maintain the elasticity and moisture of your skin, you can minimize the formation of stretch marks.

2. Pregnancy mask Melasma

During pregnancy, there is an increase in the production of the hormone estrogen and the pigment melanin, which gives color to the skin. Their increase;

  • Especially on the nose, upper lip, forehead, and cheeks,
  • In the breasts,
  • Under the armpits,
  • In your belly,
  • It rarely causes darkening in the genital area.

These skin spots, called pregnancy masks, are usually more common in brunette women. Its incidence in all pregnant women is between 50% and 75%.

Exposure to sun rays can make the pregnancy mask darker and more permanent. That's why you need to go outside using suitable sunscreen or stay indoors during peak hours of the sun.

The mask of pregnancy usually disappears on its own within a few months of giving birth. If you are breastfeeding, this process may take a little longer, just so you know.

3. Abdominal line/Linea nigra

Abdominal line_Linea nigra

Due to the increase of a hormone called MHS, a dark line may occur from below the belly button to the chest. This is called the navel line, linea nigra in pregnancy. There is no harm in terms of health, it disappears with birth.

There is no need to use color lightening products as they do not harm health. If you are protected from the sun's rays, its color will not darken anymore.

There is also a belief among the people about this line. Accordingly, if the color of this line is too dark, it is thought that the baby will be a girl, and if it is light, it will be a boy.

4. Acne during pregnancy

Increasing hormones during pregnancy, unfortunately, cause the amount of fat in the body and therefore the sebum (fat tissue) accumulated under the skin to grow. Therefore, it is possible to face acne problems during pregnancy.

What you will do about the acne problem during pregnancy is the same as for the problems we mentioned earlier!

  • You should never squeeze these pimples.
  • You should wear as little make-up as possible.
  • You should do your cleaning with products that do not irritate your skin and do not contain chemicals.
  • You should pay attention to your diet and stay away from fatty foods.
  • More in this article: Acne Problem During Pregnancy

5. Eczema during pregnancy

Eczema during pregnancy

The increase in hormones in your body during pregnancy can cause situations that you have not encountered before. Already in this process, your skin, which is more sensitive, may begin to show allergic reactions. One of them is eczema.

Eczema occurs when the skin reacts to an agent. It can be food or an item!

The symptoms of eczema during pregnancy are the same as at other times. For example:

  • Itchy skin,
  • Combustion,
  • Redness,
  • Flaking,
  • We can give situations such as crusting. So if you see redness and flaking on the face during pregnancy, you may suspect eczema.

Your doctor may recommend creams containing steroids for the treatment of eczema. You should not use any medication other than your doctor's recommendation.

Applying cold compresses to the burned areas will also reduce the itching and burning sensation.

Eczema is not harmful to the baby if it is mild. But if it progresses, your body may start to create antibodies for it and these antibodies may perceive the baby as a foreign substance. In this case, the baby may face some problems such as falling or having a birth defect.

6. Itching during pregnancy and pregnancy cholestasis

Itching during pregnancy is a common skin problem. It can manifest itself with burning in the abdominal skin during pregnancy. This itching, which usually occurs due to hormonal changes and stretching of the skin, does not cause any health problems. There is no such thing as a rash.

You can overcome this problem with anti-itch lotions and creams recommended by your doctor.

However, if you are experiencing severe and unbearable itching, pregnancy cholestasis may be underlying it. Pregnancy cholestasis is a liver problem and requires immediate treatment. If the treatment is delayed, the baby may experience some health problems.

7. Urticaria/hives during pregnancy (PUPPP)

Urticaria_hives during pregnancy (PUPPP)

Urticaria, known as "hives" among people, can also occur during pregnancy. Urticaria, which occurs with itchy bumps or redness in the form of stripes;

  • Hormones,
  • excessive stretching of the abdominal wall,
  • Overweight,
  • Substances secreted by the placenta
  • Factors such as drug use.

It is essential to use the creams and lotions recommended by the doctor in the treatment of urticaria. These creams may also contain cortisone from time to time.

Also, watching your weight gain and eating a healthy diet will also help prevent urticaria.

8. Spider veining / Spider angioma

Spider angioma; is the name given to the enlargement of capillaries that occur on the face, arms, chest, and neck. It occurs due to increased estrogen hormone and blood pressure during pregnancy. If it increases too much, it may indicate a problem with the liver, so we recommend that you show it to your doctor.

These vascularizations will largely disappear after birth.

9. Fungal disease during pregnancy

Fungus problem during pregnancy is most common in the vagina. Among its symptoms;

  • Itching in the vagina
  • redness, swelling,
  • burning in urination,
  • There is a white and staccato discharge.
  • This article can give you information about fungal disease: Everything You've Ever Wondered About Discharge During Pregnancy!

Causes of fungal problems in pregnancy;

  • Stress,
  • high weight,
  • Malnutrition,
  • synthetic underwear,
  • gestational diabetes,
  • change of hormones,
  • There may be situations such as a vaginal douche.

To solve the fungal problem during pregnancy, your doctor will recommend using ointments instead of pills. Apart from these, it will be useful to pay attention to vaginal cleaning, eat right, and wear cotton clothes.

10. Skin moles formation during pregnancy

skin moles formation during pregnancy

During pregnancy, new skin moles may appear on the body.
So why do meat moles occur during pregnancy? The reasons for this are usually sudden weight gain and enlargement of the skin. These moles are usually harmless and most disappear after birth. If there are permanent ones, they can be removed with minor operations.

Meanwhile, changes and growth in the structure of existing moles can also be seen. If your existing moles have changed in color and shape, you should show them to your doctor without wasting time.

11. Oiliness on the skin and hair

As we mentioned above, due to the intense secretion of hormones during pregnancy, fat accumulation occurs in the body. So even if you had dry skin and hair before, you can gain an oily texture during pregnancy. This condition, like many, disappears after pregnancy.

12. Changes in nails during pregnancy

During pregnancy, there may be some changes in the function of the keratin substance in the body. Keratin can cause changes in nails such as:

  • whitening,
  • Softening,
  • Break,
  • Fast elongation.

These changes in the nails may also be related to thyroid hormones. You may need to have a TSH test.

13. Changes in hair

Changes in hair

Various changes can be seen in the hair during pregnancy. If your hair is thick, it may become thinner, if it is thin, it may thicken. Hair loss during pregnancy is also a very common problem. All of these are again related to the increase in hormones. These problems disappear after birth.

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