Throughout the pregnancy, a woman’s body produces hormones that help the baby grow, but these hormones also bring changes.
She might find that her hair and nails grow faster and thicker, but she may also notice an increase in acne. She may develop a dark line, called a linea nigra, that runs from her navel down to her pubic bone as her stomach expands.
There might be increased pigmentation of the areolae of her nipples as her breasts prepare to produce milk.
Most of all, however, she may notice stretch marks.
Stretch marks can occur in anyone, male or female. However, the amount that a pregnant woman’s body has to stretch in order to accommodate the growing foetus can cause stretch marks that are quite dark. Some women may even perceive them as disfiguring.
After the birth, and given enough time, the stretch marks will fade from a dark red colour to a silver tone, and will shrink somewhat if no further action is taken. The effect that stretch marks have on the skin around the abdomen, the breasts, and the thighs can be somewhat lessened by using products on the belly throughout the entire pregnancy and after the birth, as the massaging effect of both the hands and the products will relax the skin somewhat.
While it might be tempting to use whatever skincare products are in the house, there are some skincare products that should be avoided throughout pregnancy, such as retinoids. These are used in some anti-aging products, and doctors will advise pregnant and nursing women to avoid them.
Pregnant and nursing women should also avoid skincare products containing salicylic acid, as well as anything containing Beta Hydroxy Acids, also known as BHAs. Alpha Hydroxy Acids, or AHAs, are safe for pregnant women to use.
Above all, pregnant women should pay attention to how their skin responds to certain products. If the skin becomes irritated, they should cease using those products in order to prevent further damage.
Above all, great care should be taken with the skin during pregnancy and after giving birth, since the hormones a woman’s body produces during this time can create lasting changes in skin tone, color, and feel. In to care for the skin in the best possible way, pregnant women should drink lots of water, eat a balanced diet, and should try to adhere to a healthy sleeping routine.
All of this will help to lessen stress, which can have a great effect on the appearance of the skin. Pregnant women should try to avoid irritating skin products as well, and should choose products that cater to their skin type. They should also take care to massage areas of the skin prone to stretch marks. With care and attention, skin and pregnancy don’t have to be mortal enemies!
Skinception Intensiv Stretch Mark Therapy has been formulatedwith pregnant women in mind and following on from this Skinception Intensiv Stretch Mark Therapy developed a 9 month package for pregnant women called “Mom to Be”.