Pregnancy, Women Guide

Skin Care During Pregnancy

With some means, caution is called – skincare in the pregnancy is a topic, which will deal sooner or later each pregnant woman.

A wellness program for your face

Pregnancy can alter the texture of your facial skin. Some women get noticeably drier skin – in others, the skin is greasier than before, may also show blemishes.

Especially in the first trimester of pregnancy may be due to the hormonal conversion develop pregnancy acne. In both cases, you should treat your facial skin to a regular wellness program. The basis for this is a thorough cleaning. Mild, soap-free washing lotions or cleansing gels are ideal for all skin types.

For dry skin care creams and make-up should contain both moisture and fat – fat-free products cause the swelling of the skin, which is thereby deprived of more moisture. Oily skin, on the other hand, needs care that contains a lot of moisture but no fat or oil.

Once a week you should treat your face to particularly intensive care. Exfoliating masks remove horny scales and blemishes. Moisturizing masks act like an intensive treatment.

For pimples and pregnancy acne you might try a yeast mask. Yeast contains numerous vitamins, folic and pantothenic acid as well as biotin. To do this, crumble a cube of fresh baker’s yeast in lukewarm milk, mix both into a spreadable porridge that is applied thickly to the previously well-cleaned facial skin and is supposed to work there for 15 to 20 minutes.

If necessary, you can also mix a teaspoon of chamomile flowers under this mask – chamomile has a firming and anti-inflammatory effect.

Maternity care for the bosom

Another side effect of your pregnancy is that you will soon have a larger décolleté. Already in the first weeks of pregnancy, your breast will grow significantly, just before birth, the weight of each breast can increase by up to 400 grams. However, this also puts a strain on the skin – skin care during pregnancy should always be dedicated to the breasts.

Gentle massages with mild massage oils have a relaxing effect and keep the skin of the breasts and décolletage elastic. Cold-warm alternating showers, daily rub-offs with a damp washcloth or gentle brush massages also have a skin-firming effect – preferably with a soft baby brush.

Especially with premature labor, it is important to abstain from nipple stimulation, as this can increase the labor activity. Therefore, make sure that you omit the nipples during the massage.

After a massage or water treatment, you should cream your breasts with a skin-tightening and moisturizing cream or lotion.

A well-fitting bra is a must during pregnancy to support the stressed connective tissue.

The belly needs special care

Of course, your stomach needs special care during pregnancy. Until birth, your belly reaches a circumference of about 100 centimeters at navel height. The skin of the abdomen is greatly stretched during pregnancy. Often resulting from annoying tensions or itching.

Some women develop more or less pronounced stretch marks. These are cracks in elastin and collagen tissue. During pregnancy, they have a dark purple color. After birth, they fade but do not disappear completely.

Mostly they can not be prevented entirely, but good care is important for prevention. Treat your stomach twice a day to a circular massage with a massage glove and then cream it with a rich lotion or body oil.

Circulation-enhancing plucking massages are particularly effective against stretch marks: gently remove the creamed or oiled skin between your thumb and forefinger, roll and knead it and then brush it out again.

Doctors and midwives recommend starting with the plucking massages already at the 13th week of pregnancy. Aloe vera oil is a proven remedy for tension and itching.

Foam baths should be avoided as far as possible during pregnancy as they remove the skin’s much-needed moisture.

During pregnancy, the pigmentation of your skin changes

Almost always changes during pregnancy, the pigmentation of your skin. Responsible for this is the effect of the hormones. Nipples, areolae and liver spots and birthmarks are darker.

From the third month of pregnancy, slight pigmentation may appear on the face, due to the pregnancy-related increase in melanin-stimulating hormone (MSH), which stimulates the formation of skin pigments.

Incidentally, the fact that the areolae become darker is not a whim of nature, but rather serves to help the baby to nip the nipple while breastfeeding.

The abdomen almost always shows the linea nigra – a vertical dark line that extends from the belly button to the pubic bone. These pigment changes are very fast and complete after birth.

If you disturb the pigmentation marks on the face, you can conceal them with a suitable make-up very well.

Good is a sunscreen that has at least SPF 20, would be optimal to avoid the sun largely.

What you should not use for skin care during pregnancy better

When it comes to the skin care products that you use in pregnancy, you should try out what is good for you. Maybe you will be advised by a professional beautician. However, caution is needed with some remedies.

For example, essential oils for skin care during pregnancy should not be used on their own – the essential oils of ginger, bay leaf, verbena, cinnamon, juniper and some other plants can be labor-inducing or harmful to your baby during pregnancy.

The doctor should prescribe medically effective skincare products for the same reason.

Taboo in pregnancy is also for the external use of alcohol-containing substances and cosmetic products with strong chemical agents, such as bleaching creams against skin discoloration and some ointments for acne. Also, creams with the active ingredient vitamin A should not be used.

It is best if you use natural cosmetics for skin care during pregnancy. Your midwife and doctor will be pleased to advise you on special active ingredients and products.

CONCLUSION

  • Your skin needs special care during pregnancy. Due to the growth of the baby and the hormonal conversion, it is heavily loaded.
  • Careful cleaning and high-quality care products ensure elastic, well-perfused and healthy skin.
  • Rich creams, body oils and regular massages – in particular, plucking massages – prevent pregnancy stiffness to a certain extent.
  • Hormonal pigmentation changes are normal during pregnancy and disappear very quickly after birth.

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