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Skin And Body Care During Pregnancy

Updated on February 8, 2013

Pregnancy and You

Pregnancy and You

Pregnancy although a very exciting time can take its toll on your skin and body, your hormones go into overdrive and your body changes shape on a daily basis, because of all of these changes it is more important than ever during pregnancy, to think about number one (Yourself).

Taking control of your body and skin care before the birth of your child will make it so much easier for your body and skin to recover after your child has been welcomed into the world.

For information on early pregnancy symptoms click here

Looking After #1

Pregnancy and Skin Care

In the first Trimester of your pregnancy, especially if you are prone to acne, or have oily skin. dry skin and discoloration of the skin can be a common occurence but in the process of treating your skin the safety of your unborn baby cannot be forgotten, a lot of products on the Market today can be harmful to unborn babies and some can even be a cause of miscarriage.

Facial Skin Care

Washing your face with soap and water is universal and it is no different when you are Pregnant, if you suffer from dry skin use a soap that is unperfumed, as perfumed soap can irritate your skin and dry it out even more.

After washing you should then apply a moisturiser, again if you have dry skin you should use an oil based moisturiser and if you have oily skin a water based moisturiser works best.

To prevent discoloration of the skin during pregnancy using a sunscreen of at least sun protection factor of 15 works wonders and is also a great moisturiser for your skin.

Drink plenty of water, drinking water keeps your skin and body hydrated and water gives your skin a healthy glow, A woman's blood volume increases dramatically during pregnancy, and drinking enough water each day can help prevent common problems such as dehydration and constipation.

Sleep is also an important factor of skin care during pregnancy, you working a lot harder when you are pregnant and you will tire more easily, if you fight sleep then your skin pallor will suffer, frequent naps and a good nights sleep works wonders.

Look for products containing sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil, olive oil and avocado oil.

Love Your Body

Love Your Body

The most common problem with your body after the birth of your child is stretch marks, contrary to popular belief though your tummy is not the only place where stretch marks appear during pregnancy, the upper thighs, buttocks, breasts and even arms, depending the amount of weight gain, and whether or not you make an effort to prevent stretch marks .

Healthy eating during the course of your pregnancy is essential but it is also important to remember that your body needs at least 300 calories more than it normally needs because of the extra work the growing baby inside you creates, especially as the baby grows bigger inside you, If you're very thin, very active, or carrying more than one baby, you'll need even more. But if you're overweight, your health care provider may advise that you eat fewer extra calories.

Keeping to a wellbalanced diet, that keeps your weight gain within the recommended range of 25 to 35 pounds and having a controlled steady weight gain will allow your skin to stretch at a steady rate helping to prevent the onset of stretch marks.

Again Drinking plenty of water helps to hydrate your skin and keep it healthy and glowing.

Moisturise your whole body not only your face, this helps prevent the skin from drying out and helps it to remain supple and more elastic.


You Are Beautiful

Every woman goes through a phase during pregnancy when they feel fat and ugly and they think that the man in their life will go off them.

As a man I would just like to say that nothing could be further from the truth.

There is nothing more beautiful on this earth than a pregnant woman, rather than seeing the fat ugly woman that you ladies seem to see in the mirror, men see a beautiful radient alluring woman with a healthy glowing skin surrounding their bodies and rather than go off you we are more attracted to you.


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      Mariah LA 

      7 years ago

      I have had oily skin my entire life but now, in the sixth month of my second pregnancy, I am experiencing very dry patches of skin on my forehead and my upper cheeks on either side of my nose. I tried ignoring it, but it just got worse and worse and my skin began to crack and flake. It was especially visible when I put on my makeup. So I began to try to not wear makeup as much, but have very pale skin and need some extra help so as not to look sickly.

      I found about Made from Earth skin care from my doctor, and he recommended their Aloe & Jojoba Cream Therapy. Its a body lotion in a large bottle. I put a little dab on my forehead (no makeup that day): no burning, it penetrated my skin, felt silky and dewy -- but not greasy -- and I could see and feel the difference right away. My dry skin was much less visible, stopped itching and looked and felt almost normal. As I said, I have oily skin prone to breakout so I was shy about using a "body lotion cream".This product is PERFECT for my needs and, since a little goes a long way, will last a long time.

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      Super Chef 

      10 years ago from Around the world

      Good information. If I remember correctly I couldn't stay away from my wife when she was pregnant

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      10 years ago

      nice information...

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      11 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for the information. My cousin's wife has been bothered by how she looks now that she's pregnant. I'll be asking her to visit this hub.

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      11 years ago from ma

      I found my wife looked more beautiful when she was pregant. Unfortunately she found me irritating to just be in the same room with. Luckily it was just the hormones talking. We have had 3 boys and she enjoys being pregnant. But has completely detested me every time. Last time wasn't as bad I gave her lots of distance except when we had to sit next to each other in the car. But she did look gorgeous.

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      Tony McGregor 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Its a beautiful time of life though I remember my wife's difficulties also. For men - remember to give your woman all the support and love she needs in this time - its not all plain sailing!

      Thanks for the reminder, Jimmy.

      Love and peace,


    • terenceyap07 profile image


      11 years ago from Singapore

      How is the woman you love ever not beautiful, my friend?


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      Gods Child 

      11 years ago from New Orleans, La

      Been about 25 years but I still remember. Very well written. Wish I would have had this info back. Come to think of it I did not even have a computer back then. Can you imagine life without a computer. Sorry off topic. I do wish I would have had this info as maybe I would not have all thes stretch marks. Thankyou from all the women you will help.

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      Jimmy the jock 

      11 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks funwithtrains, My wife has gone through 3 pregnancies and she is more beautiful every time.....jimmy

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      11 years ago from USA

      Having seen my wife go through it twice, I say this is well done! Thumbs up and a Digg!


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