Common Skin Problems During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is something that changes the body of a woman in a lot of different ways. There are long lists of common skin problems during pregnancy that women can expect to experience. Each woman is different, so some problems might not be experienced by certain people. Generally these skin issues are temporary and will not harm the baby. Some will go away after pregnancy while some will stick around afterward.

1. Stretch Marks

These develop during pregnancy because the skin stretches quite a bit in a short amount of time. Although stretch marks might not be obvious during the first trimesters, they will generally appear during the last couple of months. They can develop on the breasts, stomach arms, thighs and in many other areas that grow larger during pregnancy.

Keeping the skin moisturized is a great way to prevent stretch marks away. Although this is effective it’s not 100% guaranteed from preventing them. Sometimes women just develop these no matter how much they try not to. With time they will fade, but they are bothersome for a lot of women.

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Otherwise known as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, these are red bumps that break out on the skin. They itch, sting and can burn as well. The sizes also vary from woman to woman, so some are large and others are not very noticeable. They can appear on the butt, but also the legs, arms and stomach. These normally disappear once pregnancy is over.

3. Skin Tags

These are benign flaps of tissue that hang off of the skin. They can be found just about anywhere on the body, including underneath the breasts and around the arms. They don’t hurt, but they can be bothersome if they are large. These are very easy to get rid of after they have developed. Unfortunately they will not just fall off once the baby has been born.

4. Melasma

This is a skin condition that causes brown or tan patches to develop on the face. Sometimes they will appear on the rest of the body, this depends on the woman. Sometimes this condition is known as “the mask of pregnancy” because it’s so common. There are prescription creams that treat this, but staying out of the sun can help a lot as well.

Most conditions that develop during pregnancy will go away once it’s over. The good news is that most of those that don’t go away can easily be treated by a medical professional. Each and every woman is different with the way her body responds to pregnancy. This is also true for each different pregnancy a woman has.

Anything worrisome should be brought to the attention of a pregnant woman’s doctor. They will be able to diagnose the problem and determine if it’s something to worry about. Most conditions are fine and will generally not be a threat to the mother or child.

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