Notice anything different about your skin lately? From that "pregnancy glow" to stretch marks, we've got some explanations for those recent skin changes!

Among the many physical changes your body is currently going through due to pregnancy, your skin, if you've begun to notice, is one of them. You may be wondering what kind of changes to expect, or the reasons behind them after giving birth, which is normal.

So don't worry about the changes in your skin-they're all part of the pregnancy progress! If you start noticing more changes, do not hesitate to visit your doctor.

During pregnancy, hormones are at an all-time high and the result of this plus an increased blood flow in the system gives the skin a fresh, flushed appearance. This is what is famously called the pregnancy glow! However, once you start noticing acne breakouts, look for natural facial products that minimize oily skin, since oil glands tend to become more active during this pregnancy period.

Have you also been noticing darker brownish skin around your forehead, temples and the middle of your face? No need to worry—this is a common pregnancy skin change called Melasma or "the mask of pregnancy." More common with women with dark hair and pale skin (due to less melanin), this skin condition will pass after delivery.

And stretch marks? Very normal! These are caused by tiny tears in the tissue just below the skin as the breasts and abdomen grow in size. One way to avoid this is to make sure that you're gaining weight at a slow and steady pace. Most doctors target 11 to 16 kg for the entire pregnancy but work with your doctor to determine what's best for you and your baby.


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