What changes occur in the skin of pregnant women and what care does it require?
Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s life. It causes many changes in the body as it adjusts to the new situation. The skin is not an exception. During pregnancy, the skin blood flow is regulated differently than outside the pregnancy period, which may result in reddening, increased sensitivity, eyelids and neck swelling, as well as a tendency to varicose veins. Hormonal changes may cause excessive greasiness of the skin and discoloration. One of the most common skin problems in pregnancy is the loosening of the connective tissue, stretching of the skin and stretch marks which are typically formed on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs. These problems may be addressed through proper care of the rapidly changing skin, and the use of gynecologist-approved cosmetics which improve skin elasticity.