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Dr. Emily Altman
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Mask Of Pregnancy (Overview)

Mask of Pregnancy, or Melasma, is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed areas of the face.


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Can spironolactone cause pregnancy mask?

Can spironolactone cause pregnancy mask?

Don't believe so: Hi. I'm not a gyn, but I use a fair amount of spironolactone, and I've never heard of it causing melasma (mask of pregnancy). I hope some gyn will correct me if I'm wrong. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
114 doctors shared insights

Mask Of Pregnancy (Overview)

Mask of Pregnancy, or Melasma, is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed areas of the face.


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What is "mask of pregnancy?"

What is "mask of pregnancy?"

Increased pigment: Chloasma, or "mask of pregnancy, " is an increased pigmentation across the face and cheeks due to the high levels of estrogen in pregnancy. Estrogen stimulates the skin pigment (melanin) to darken, and voila! -- the mask of pregnancy. The good news is much of the pigment tends to fade after delivery. ...Read more

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Preventing Pregnancy (Checklist)

Take birth control pills at the same time each day as directed
Daily
Associate taking the pills with a common activity done daily
Once
Be aware of medication that could interfere with birth control
Once
Use barrier protection to prevent STDs
Once
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How to treat pregnancy mask that has not gone away or melasma on my face.

Melasma: There are several modalities to help with melasma. You can consider topical products, chemical peels, pill or laser treatments, ...Read more

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How to get rid of chloasma or the mask of pregnancy?

Difficult: This is a very tough condition to treat well. Some women will gradually improve over time. If the condition is due to a medicine, like Estrogens in birth control pills, then stopping the pills at the first sign of the problem can help keep it from getting more severe. However, treatment is not that successful. ...Read more

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Managing Pregnancy Complications (Checklist)

Keep all scheduled appointment with your ob/Gyn
once
Contact your doctor for unusual symptoms
once
Monitor the baby's kick counts in 3rd trimester
once
Discuss the optimal time for delivery with your OB
once
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How soon do you get the "mask of pregnancy"?

Depends: Depends on each individual. Not every patient has one. ...Read more

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What is "mask of pregnancy?"

Increased pigment: Chloasma, or "mask of pregnancy, " is an increased pigmentation across the face and cheeks due to the high levels of estrogen in pregnancy. Estrogen stimulates the skin pigment (melanin) to darken, and voila! -- the mask of pregnancy. The good news is much of the pigment tends to fade after delivery. ...Read more

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Having a Healthy Pregnancy (Checklist)

Don't smoke
daily
Take a walk: walking promotes easier labor
daily
Take prenatal vitamins with folate to reduce birth defects
daily
Eat a healthy diet, including lots of fruit and dairy products
daily
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Can Cerazette mask the pregnancy hormone?

Can Cerazette mask the pregnancy hormone?

No: If you are pregnant, HCG levels will not be suppressed by continued use of hormonal birth control. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more