Skin Care During Pregnancy

skin care during pregnancy

There are a lot of changes happening inside your body right now and the skin (the outermost covering) is bound to show effects of the same quite easily. So if you have an itchy skin or red, blue, purple lines running through your tummy, thighs, etc. you are not alone.

Common skin problems during pregnancy

  • Belly itches - The stretching skin and/or the hormonal imbalance can cause the belly to itch badly.
  • Stretch Marks - The growing belly causes the skin to stretch and results in red, blue, purple stretch marks all over the abdominal area.
  • Urticaria - In case of Urticaria the skin erupts in rashes which usually disappears post delivery.
  • Herpes gestationis - In this condition the skin erupts into extremely itchy lesions which may be filled with pus. They usually begin at the stomach and then spread out.
  • Varicose veins - Due to the weight gain, most women also develop varicose veins in their legs and sometimes face and chest.

Pregnancy skin care tips

So here is what you can do about them about the myriad skin issues which are causing problems to you at this time:

  • Drink up lots of water/ fluids. This helps flush out toxins from the body and keep the skin healthy.
  • We all wish stretch mark creams worked, but there is no proof they do. Use moisturisers (vitamin E rich) on your belly and it will at least soothe the itching.
  • You could also choose a calamine lotion for the itches.
  • Each time you move out, use the sunscreen liberally each time!
  • In case your rashes are itchy and are fluid-filled blisters. Consult your doctor as they may be herpes gestationis.
  • Opt for a nice body massage. It will help in circulation, thereby making the skin healthy while also relaxing you.
  • Avoid using too many chemicals on the skin right now.