Soon after the confirmation of my pregnancy and after all the must-do phone calls I had a pretty perfect picture of my pregnancy phase. Thanks to my all Bollywood-dreamy-mind I used to think of a future me – as a heavily pregnant mom in pink maternity wear(yes all pink) with goregeous glowy skin and superb shiny hair. But the reality was a far cry 🙁 . This post is about my skin pigmentation during pregnancy.
My Skin Pigmentation During Pregnancy:
- By the end of the first trimester , I had dark patches and pigmentation in my face and body. Brown patches appeared in my neck , cheeks and forehead . Those patches are called as Chloasma which is produced by body when it makes extra melanin to protect the skin against ultraviolet light.
- It is believed that folic acid and foods rich in folic acid can reduce the effect of pigementation.
- My skin appeared so tanned as if I am just back from a sunbath in Africa 😛
- During the second trimester , a dark vertical line appeared down the middle of my tummy that crossed my navel too. It is termed as linea nigra which appears due to hormone changes .
What I Did for the Skin Pigmentation?
I didn’t use any creams or lotions during pregnancy phase though I wanted to use sunscreen but never used it. But ideally I should have used a good sunscreen and a mild cleanser to take care of my skin at that time 🙁 . Please talk to your gyno about safe sun blocks which could be used during pregnancy phase
From 7th month I started doing oil massages with dhanwantara kuzhambu followed by warm water baths which helped me alot against leg cramps and tiredness.
Post baby , my dark pigmentation and blotches went off on its own. After a few months I realised that the linea nigra has also disappeared. My skin complexion returned 🙂
If you are facing the skin pigmentation during pregnancy, take a chill pill no need to worry. If you feel burning sensations / rashes please consult your doc asap.
Did you have skin pigmentation during pregnancy ? How about your pregnancy phase ? Please share it with us 🙂