During pregnancy, women go through so many changes that it is hard to keep track of all of them. While most changes are happening inside your body, there are some changes that you can see physically.
Apart from the weight gain and increase in stomach size, you might notice a lot of changes in your skin. When you see yourself in the mirror each day, you might see new pimples or stretch marks. But don't worry. These are all very common and can easily be reduced. In this blog, we have some home remedies that you can try to reduce some of your skin problems during pregnancy.
Why do women have skin problems during pregnancy?
Skin problems during pregnancy are caused by the hormonal changes in your body. Every woman's body reacts to the hormonal changes differently. So some women might have more skin problems, and others may have very less. There are very few women who are lucky enough to not have any skin problems during pregnancy. Some common skin problems during pregnancy are:
- Stretch marks
- Change in skin colour
- Dryness of skin
- Varicose veins Let's discuss these problems one-by-one.
Skin problems during pregnancy - Acne/pimples
During pregnancy, the oil glands on your skin produce more oil. This is why pimples increase during these months. For most women, pimples increase on the chin, but for some, it increases on the entire face.
If you do not do anything to reduce these pimples, they will keep increasing, and might continue after your pregnancy as well.
- How to prevent pimples - Wash your face at least 2-3 times daily.
Home remedies to reduce pimples
You can use the following tips to reduce your pimples:
Tulsi leaves - Boil 8-10 tulsi leaves in a cup of water for 10 minutes. After this liquid cools down, mix some rose water and apply on your pimples. This will reduce your pimples and also kill the bacteria in the pores of your skin.
Lemon juice - You can also mix lemon juice with rosewater and apply on your face. Using a cold cotton ball, apply this mixture on your pimples. Let it dry for 15 minutes and then wash it off.
Orange juice - Mix one spoon of honey with one spoon of orange juice. Apply this on your face daily to reduce pimple marks.
Turmeric (Haldi) - Grind some turmeric with neem leaves and apply the paste on your face. Let it dry for 15 minutes and then wash it off.
Skin problems during pregnancy - Stretch marks
Stretch marks are a common skin problem during pregnancy. It happens because there is a sudden increase in the size of your stomach and thighs. Some women might get more stretch marks than others, if their weight increases a lot during pregnancy.
Stretch marks start appearing red in colour. If you leave the red stretch marks untreated, they can become permanent and become white in colour.
To deal with the red stretch marks, you should massage the areas where you have the stretch marks. For massage, you can use vitamin E oil or cream, or even the white liquid from an egg.
Skin problems during pregnancy - Darker skin colour
During pregnancy, you might notice that the colour of your skin in some areas seems darker. This usually happens around the sexual regions like your vagina, nipples and breasts. It might also happen on your stomach, neck and thighs.
This condition is known as chloasma or melasma, and is caused by the increases of hormones in your body. This can also cause some red or brown patches on your skin. Don't worry about this, it is all a part of your pregnancy and will go away after childbirth.
If you want to prevent or reduce skin darkening, there are still some things that you could do. By staying away from the sun, or by covering your skin and applying sunscreen when you go out, you can keep your skin safe. Ask your doctor to prescribe a sunscreen that is safe to use during pregnancy.
Skin problems during pregnancy - Dryness in the lower part of the stomach
As your baby grows inside you, your stomach increases in size. So the skin on the lower part of your stomach might feel stretched and dry. You might even feel some itching in this area, in which case, consult your doctor for a cure.
- Home remedy for dryness: By drinking lots of water, and gently massaging your skin every day, you can keep your skin soft and avoid this dryness.
Skin problems during pregnancy - Itching
As mentioned above, dry skin can cause itching. So keep your skin soft by drinking lots of water. Don't scratch.
If the itching does not reduce, go to your doctor for a checkup. Itching can sometimes be caused by liver problems.
- Home remedy for itching: You can avoid itching by keeping your skin clean and soft. Take bath regularly and massage the itching area with coconut oil to reduce the itch.
Skin problems during pregnancy - Skin tags
You might notice some skin tags or small growths of skin on your body - mainly in the neck, underarms, thighs and nipples. These are also a result of the hormonal changes, and will go away after pregnancy.
There is no way to avoid the skin tags, but you can ask your doctor for help if they are not going away after your pregnancy.
Skin problems during pregnancy - Varicose veins
During pregnancy, there is more blood flowing through your body. But because of the added weight on your legs, blood flow to the legs decreases. This causes varicose veins on the legs, which are clearly visible as blue lines.
Varicose veins usually go away after pregnancy, but they might stay longer if there is a history of having varicose veins in your family.
You can avoid or reduce varicose veins by following these tips:
- Avoid sitting or standing continuously in one position for long periods of time
- Try to rest your feet on a chair or stool to increase blood flow
- Take short walks or exercise regularly
- Drink lots of water
- Eat less salt
How to take care of your skin during pregnancy?
Most of the skin problems listed above can easily be avoided if you take good care of your skin. So here are some tips on how to take care of your skin and avoid skin problems during pregnancy:
1. Keep your skin clean - Most of the skin problems are caused by bacteria and dirt that get caught in the pores of the skin. So wash your face at least 2-3 times in a day and take a bath daily.
2. Sleep well - It is important to sleep for atleast 7-8 hours daily. This keeps your skin fresh.
3. Drink lots of water - By drinking 8-10 glasses daily, your skin stays soft.
4. Stay away from sunlight - Direct sunlight is harmful to the skin and can cause skin darkening. So cover yourself properly when you go out or apply sunscreen before going out in the sun.
5. Be happy - When you are happy, there is an automatic glow in your face. So stay tension-free and be happy.
These skin problems are temporary. By taking good care of your skin, you can easily avoid or reduce them. So don't worry about these. Instead, focus on being healthy. After all, your baby is entirely dependent on you right now.