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Why does your skin sag after pregnancy?

Why does your skin sag after pregnancy?

Loss of elasticity: As the skin expands to accomodate the growing pregnancy, it will lose some of it's elasticity. Every woman is different and therefore will be affected by this differently. Somewhat obviously, the larger the baby, or with multiples, the skin will stretch more and this may ultimatley result in more sagging. ...Read more

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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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


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How does pregnancy affect your skin?

How does pregnancy affect your skin?

In several ways: Your skin goes through several changes during pregnancy. Some areas become darker due to changes in the pigment of your skin. Luckily, this generally fades. Blood vessels can become for prominent, moles can change in appearance & stretch marks develop due to connective tissue changes. Itching may be normal or a sign of something more concerning. Always discuss any skin changes with your dr. ...Read more

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Why is my skin so dry after pregnancy?

Why is my skin so dry after pregnancy?

Dry skin after birth: After you deliver, there are numerous changes in your body. Estrogen levels drop and sometimes these are resposible for dry skin and even some hair loss. The estrogen levels should return to normal in a couple of months and your skin should return to being more supple and soft. In the meantime make sure to keep hydrated and use a gentle moisturizer that is fragrance free. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have dryer, itchier skin in pregnancy?

Is it normal to have dryer, itchier skin in pregnancy?

Pregnancy Changes: Itching, dry skin is a common complaint among pregnant women. Changes in the body's production of hormones, as well as the stretching of the skin to accomodate the growing baby, can cause unpleasant and annoying itching that may be occasional or constant. The onset of dry hair during pregnancy typically occurs during the second trimester and can occur in hair that had not experienced dryness befor. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat bad skin during pregnancy?

How can I effectively treat bad skin during pregnancy?

Acne w pregnancy: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more

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How can I get the stretched skin from pregnancy back to normal?

Worth a try: I agree with dr. Carroll that moisturizer and time will help. I also recommend taking a 20 gram tube of prescription strength 0.025% tretinoin and mixing it with an entire 1 lb tub of either cerave or cetaphil cream and applying 3-4 times a week. More frequently or higher strength will work but will give you a dermatitis so this seems to balance results with minimal irritation. Give it 9 months. ...Read more

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What beauty products for skin care can be used during pregnancy?

What beauty products for skin care can be used during pregnancy?

Avoid retin a (tretinoin): Most cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens are appropriate as well as over th counter acne medicines. Hair dye is controversial whether it should be used in pregnancy. Prescription creams such as retin a (tretinoin) differin and epiduo and tazorac should not be used during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How can I emotionally handle changes to my skin and appearance after pregnancy?

How can I emotionally handle changes to my skin and appearance after pregnancy?

Difficult: This is tough. Pregnancy hormones cause many changes to the skin: drk areas and dark lines, moles that grow and darken, acne, rashes etc. Most changes improve or resolve after delivery but can taken a long time. Some women try bleaching but the pigment changes extend down to deep layers of the epidermis, which require a long time to clear through slow exfoliation. Avoid the sun. ...Read more

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I'm having all the pregnancy sign but my test came back negative! so could i still be pregnant or is it all in my head?

I'm having all the pregnancy sign but my test came back negative! so could i still be pregnant or is it all in my head?

Test says no: True early pregnancy is symptom free until the fetus is big enough to be sharing blood and chemicals with the mother's body. Your symptoms are pre-menstrual. ...Read more

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So by my daughters head being small (in size) is there any possibility that it will grow at normal size later on in my pregnancy? Help and add details

So by my daughters head being small (in size) is there any possibility that it will grow at normal size later on in my pregnancy? Help and add details

Hard to say: There are normal infants that have small head size & this usually matches small body size. That kid would be expected to retain a small but normal head size at birth. Normal head growth reflects the need to accommodate the growing tissues inside. If something like the Zika virus injures the tissue, the head becomes abnormally small while the body remains normal. ...Read more

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Any pregnancy skin changes?

Any pregnancy skin changes?

Stretch marks: The most significant change my patients have complained about is stretch marks. ...Read more

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Is itching skin common in pregnancy?

Is itching skin common in pregnancy?

Yes: Most of the reasons are not serious such as dry skin or pupps. But a more serious but rare cause is cholestasis of pregnancy. There is no rash and the hands and feet itch the most. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy cause dry skin?

Can pregnancy cause dry skin?

Pregnancy: Pregnancy causes many physical and hormonal changes. The thyroid gland is supercharged and may become somewhat depleted causing dry skin ...Read more

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Does pregnancy cause skin changes?

Does pregnancy cause skin changes?

Yes: Common concerns are increased pigmentation of the face (e.g. Along cheek bones and upper lip, often referred to as the mask of pregnancy) and abdominal stretch marks. Generally increased blood flow may cause a noticeable blush over the cheeks referred to as the pregnancy glow. Acne may become more problematic during pregnancy and spider veins may also develop. ...Read more

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How do I manage oily skin during pregnancy?

How do I manage oily skin during pregnancy?

Face soap : The hormones of pregnancy can cause acne and oily skin. Use a good face cleanser designed for oily skin. There are many brands available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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How can I treat sagging skin after pregnancy?

Cocobutter lotion: It will take some time but when you are ready, consistent sit-ups and coconut butter lotion will alleviate some of the lax tissue that can follow pregnancies. ...Read more

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