Daily Skin Care Tips
After speaking with your obstetrician, you can now begin a skin care regimen that will suit your needs. Here are some tips to daily skin care that can help you keep your skin looking healthy.
1. Relaxation and Rest – The best form of skin care is to make sure that you are resting and relaxing. If you are constantly running and stressful, your skin will take notice.
2. Moisturize – While pregnant, your skin cells become dry relatively easily. Therefore, it is important to keep the skin hydrated using a moisturizer that is suitable for your skin and acceptable by your obstetrician.
3. Use Mild Soap – Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers that may dry out your skin
4. Pamper Yourself – Go get yourself a facial and a massage. Pampering yourself can go right along with relaxation as well. You are the mom to be, so why not give yourself a treat now and then.
5. Always Use Sunscreen – Avoiding sunlight exposure is crucial to taking care of your skin while you are pregnant. If you need to be out in the sun however, use sunscreen at all costs.
6. Water – Make sure that you get enough water each day. Remember, since you are pregnant, the number of glasses you should be drinking each day increases.
7. Diet – Make sure that your diet includes an increased amount of vegetables and fruits each day.
Targeting Specific Skin Problems During Pregnancy
Acne – For some reason, even if they have never had an acne problem before, they will suffer from acne during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester. As the hormones increase so do the chances of acne. Before you use any type of acne product, make sure you talk with your obstetrician. It is generally safe to use some antibiotics such as erythromycin during pregnancy.
Skin Discoloration – Also known as Melasma is common in pregnant women during the second or third trimester. This skin discoloration typically disappears once you have had your baby or soon thereafter, however, by making sure you wear sunscreen and limiting your time out in the sun you can help prevent these dark patches of discoloration.
Abdomen Troubles – If you are experiencing itchiness and dryness of the abdomen, you can use some good moisturizers to help with this problem. Avoid agents that dry the skin such as products or soap that have alcohol as an ingredient. It is also a good idea to stay away from overly hot showers as well.
Skin Tags – Skin tags are relatively normal during pregnancy and even while not pregnant as well. These are typically found in areas where your skin is rubbing against itself or your clothing. They are generally also found in areas of joints or creases such as your under arms, neck folds, breasts, and other such areas.
Knowing how to implement skin care during pregnancy can help you avoid many of the skin conditions that develop. Remember to talk with your obstetrician before you start with any type of regimen to ensure that it is safe for both you and your unborn baby.