Tips on Skin Care during Pregnancy

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  • Use a broad spectrum sun block on your face each day, to prevent the pigment from further darkening. Avoid the hot sun.
  • While mild soap is recommended during pregnancy, moisturizing soaps are better. Do not use bubble baths or scrub your skin daily.
  • A moisturizer with a sun block is helpful. The SPF factor or sun protective factor needs to be at least 15 to 20.
  • The tummy needs an enriching physiological moisturizer and be supported with special maternity panties. Most women continue to wear their normal panties but these don’t support the distending skin. The splits would be less, if these special maternity panties were worn. You need to exercise to keep the abdomen muscles strong. Exercise also reduces stress incontinence. This is a condition where urine leaks out when you cough or sneeze hard. Seaweed wraps and massages are not proven to help.
  • Keep your body clean, as you will feel sweaty and hot but limit baths to once a day only. Keep your hair clean with a daily mild shampoo.
  • See your doctor if you have bad eczema, as you may need steroid creams but a low potency will have to be prescribed as steroids may thin your skin, if applied in excess.
  • Ensure you take vitamins and calcium. Some types of psoriasis get worse with low calcium in your body.
  • Bad acne can be treated with antibiotic lotions, for example, erythromycin or clindamycin lotions. Do not use tretinoin (Retin-A) cream during pregnancy, as it is known to cause multiple malformations in the baby.
  • Reduce intake of foods with a lot of yeast if you have fungal genital infection, like pau, wheat noodles or cakes.
  • Have adequate sleep. Adequate exercise helps the skin to glow. Cosmetics are kept to the basics like sun block, moisturizer, and mild cleansers.
  • Above all, be happy and do not overeat like you are eating for two. The excess fat gained can be difficult to get rid of later.
  • Moisturizers help to decrease the itch. A physiological moisturizer is useful. Try not to use paraffin on the skin, as this ​​can clog the skin pores. Chlorpheniramine tablets can be taken to relieve the itch.

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