Skin changes during pregnancy

Stretch marks are red, pink, or brown streaks on the skin. Most often they appear on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, and breasts. These scars are caused by the stretching of the skin, and usually appear in the second half of pregnancy.

Be patient — stretch marks and other changes usually fade after delivery.

Some women notice other skin changes during pregnancy. For many women, the
nipples become darker and browner during pregnancy. Many pregnant women also develop a dark line (called the linea nigra) on the skin that runs from the belly button down to the pubic hairline. Patches of darker skin usually over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip also are common. Patches often match on both sides of the face. These spots are called melasma or chloasma and are more common in darker-skinned women

Many women develop mild swelling in the face, hands, or ankles at some point in their pregnancies. As the due date approaches, swelling often becomes more noticeable.

Remedy for swelling during pregnancy;

~» Drink eight to 10 glasses of fluids daily.
~» Don't drink caffeine or eat salty foods.
~» Rest and elevate your feet.
~» Ask your doctor about support hose.
Call the doctor if: Your hands or feet swell suddenly or you rapidly gain weight — it may be preeclampsia.
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