I’m pregnant, but why am I not glowing?

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Everyone knows that glowing skin is one of the nicest effects of pregnancy. But, what everyone does not know is that not every pregnant woman glows. Pregnancy can often cause the body to experience some major changes. Most of these changes are expected like stretch marks and weight gain. But some changes that can occur are unexpected like bad breath, pregnancy mask, and acne. Though these changes can be a bit traumatic to a soon-to-be mom, be comforted in knowing that if you should encounter any of them, the effects are usually temporary. Once you deliver and eventually stop breast feeding, your hormones will likely stabilize and the symptoms will disappear. It can take a few months, even as long as a year, but rest assured you will begin to feel normal again. In the case, however, that symptoms persist, there are solutions that can help correct even the most troubling situations.

1. Bad Breath
Bad breath is a typical symptom of pregnancy. According to experts the changing levels of estrogen and progesterone increases dental plague causing bad breath. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings especially during your second trimester as recommended by most doctors. You might also want to keep some breath mints handy, you know … just in case.

2. Pregnancy Mask
Known as melasma, some pregnant women will notice brownish or grayish brown patches forming on their upper  lip, chin, bridge of the nose, cheeks and forehead. This is a common symptom of pregnancy so don’ t be alarmed. Increased hormonal activity is what triggers it. There are various treatment options for melasma that include topicals; chemical peels; and procedures like microdermabrasion. Careful, though … pregnant women are warned against using any topicals that contain ingredients like salicylic acid, retinols, and hydroquinone. Consult your dermatologist or skin therapist about which course of action might work best for you.

3. Acne
Hormonal shifts and excessive oil production are usually the causes of pregnancy-induced acne. Treatment options are limited as ingredients designed to address these breakouts include retinols and benzyl peroxide, which are contraindications for pregnant and nursing women. The best course of action would be to schedule monthly facials using organic fruit enzymes to treat breakouts. Also, refrain from eating foods that contain ingredients causing inflammation in the skin such as diary products; caffeine; and sugar.

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Author: Wholistic Skincare

Chicago-based natural skincare & beauty expert

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