Pregnant woman

1. Beauty surprises that happen with pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderfully exciting time, a period which is full of emotional and physical obstacles. The beautiful journey of pregnancy also brings along the most unexpected beauty surprises.

Worry not, these changes are not permanent and go away after your delivery. Here is a list of some of the most common beauty changes that happen in a woman’s body when she is pregnant.

2. Extra body hair

The other side of the long and lustrous hair during pregnancy is when they grow at unwanted places including your face, abdomen, nipples and bac. But this extra hair growth is temporary and eases up around six months after delivery.

If you can’t stand it, you can shave or wax as both are completely safe to be done during pregnancy.

3. Spider veins

Again the raging pregnancy hormones and the expanding belly puts pressure on your veins, which causes your blood vessels to enlarge. This leaves red spider-like marks on your arms, legs, torso and sometimes even your face.

4. Skin tags

Though this is not common, you might see extra bits of skin hanging off your body when pregnant, but do not freak out. These are harmless and can be removed easily by a dermatologist post-delivery.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Please consult your treating physician for more details.

5. Dark spots on your face

Dark spots on your face during pregnancy is referred to as ‘pregnancy mask’. It is characterized by dark and blotchy patches on the cheeks, upper lip and forehead. This happens when there is an increase in the estrogen levels. This happens to 75 per cent of pregnant women.

There isn’t much you can do about these spots as most skin lightening creams have ingredients that are not recommended for use while pregnant or breastfeeding.

This discolouration is often temporary and fades away after delivery.

6. Pregnancy acne

The changing hormones can cause your skin to produce more oil, which ultimately leads to outbursts of acne. This issue can start with as early as the first month of pregnancy and last till the entire nine months.

To make it better, you can clean your face twice or thrice a day and use beauty products that are oil-free.

7. Thick and shiny hair

Your hair looks thicker and fuller than what it used to be before pregnancy. This happens because the pregnancy hormones slow down the rate of hair loss. But the sad part is when your hormones get back to normal, your hair will go back to their pre pregnancy time.

You can take dietary supplements that contain biotin, vitamin C and a blend of amino acids for thicker and shinier hair even post-pregnancy.