Skin Changes During Pregnancy


There are so many complications arise during pregnancy do not get panic. Your body has a great deal to do during pregnancy. Sometimes the changes taking place will cause irritation or discomfort Some women have health problems before they become pregnant that could lead to complications. Other problems arise during the pregnancy skin and hair changes one of them. Changes in the levels of hormones in your body, and changes to your immune system, are thought to be responsible

Darker skin complexion

Hormonal changes taking place in pregnancy will make Your skin colour darken a little, either in patches or all over.

Birthmarks, moles and freckles may also darken. you should wear a good sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 and melasma,Broad-spectrum anti-UV A and B sunscreens with physical blocking agents like ZnO (zinc oxide) and TiO2 (titanium dioxide) whenever you plan on being outside and either take umbrella to protect skin from harmful rays of sun

Stretch marks

Stretch marks are linear marks that most often develop over the breasts, belly, hips, and thighs. They begin as reddish purple lines and with time, they become white atrophic (like wrinkled cigarette paper) scars.
Stretch marks are common in pregnancy, 50% to 90% of pregnant women will get some. Even in the writings of the ancient Egyptians stretch marks of pregnancy were mentioned.  Exercising and applying lotions that contain vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids is helpful.

Eczema or psoriosis

Skin tends to become more sensitive during pregnancy, because of higher hormone levels and because it has become more stretched and delicate. Soaps and detergents may suddenly cause irritation, or conditions such as eczema may become worse. However, sometimes the opposite is true. Women who have psoriasis often find it improves during pregnancy always check with your doctor if you notice any serious changes.


Acne is common during pregnancy. In fact, more than one out of every two pregnant women can expect to develop acne. In some cases, the acne may be severe. Pregnancy acne is a natural, cosmetic condition. It usually subsides when hormone levels return to normal. So the safest thing to do is to avoid any prescription acne medications or over-the- counter chemical spot treatments. Instead, you can rely on drug-free home remedies. But before starting any acne treatment when you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about what is best and safest for you.


As you put on weight, you may notice the skin between your thighs or under your breasts chafing.

This may make your skin red and moist. Your skin may then become inflamed and blistered and you may notice an odour. This is a skin condition known as intertrigo.

If you experience this, keep the affected area as dry as possible, use talc to help absorb any moisture, keep your skin cool by wearing cotton clothes, and avoid wearing tights. See your doctor about this changing.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are bulky bluish veins that usually appear on the legs during pregnancy. This happens because your body is compensating for the extra blood flow that is going to your baby. Varicose veins can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Avoid standing for long periods of time you should Walk as much as possible to help the blood return to your heart, always prop your feet up on a stool when sitting, Avoid sitting for long periods of time, wear support stockings, get enough vitamin C (this helps keeps your veins healthy and elastic, sit with your legs higher than your head for at least half an hour a day.

Written By:

DEEPTIDeepti Rawat 

Trainee Medical Coder, Delhi