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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
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
Why is my skin so dry and flaky around nose and lips? I applied moisteriser but no result. Is it because of pregnancy? What should I apply?
I'm 33, had 2 pregnancy in last 4 yrs have 2 kids! Loosing lots of hair n have a very dry skin. What can I do?
Have it evaluated: There are medical problems that can cause these issues. See a doctor and have it evaluated. ...Read more
Early pregnancy symptoms. My skin was really dry and flaky on my hands and face, then almost over night. It changed, oily. Pregnancy sign?
Hormones & skin: The multitude of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can affect the skin. There are some specific rashes that occur in pregnancy which follow a distinct pattern (PUPPP), while other patients can develop itchy skin. If the skin is simply dry, then a dry skin care program with natural oils can suffice. If there is an underlying rash, it should be evaluated by a Dermatologist. ...Read more
I have dry dark skin at the top crack of my bum. I'm not sure of it happened at the end of my pregnancy or after the baby. Fungi or from skin rubbing?
Is dry skin a symptom of pregnancy? I took several pregnancy tests and they were all negative. Its 82 days since intercourse. Had 3 light periods
Dry skin: Home urine pregnancy tests are very accurate. If you have several negative tests and it's been 82 days since intercourse, you're not pregnant. An under active thyroid can cause both dry skin and skipped periods. There are lots of possible causes of skipped periods. See a provider for thyroid and other testing. If not wanting pregnancy, be sure to discuss an effective contraception too. ...Read more
Horrible constant itching on my legs, NO marks, rashes or spots. Skin is well moisturised and not dry. Could this be a sign of pregnancy?
Itching: Itching generally happens with dryness. Make sure you continue to follow a good skin care routine with hypoallergenic products and moisturization. Also drink plenty of water. If itching persists see your doctor for evaluation. Scabies, pregnancy, liver problems, certain other diseases can also cause itching. ...Read more
15 weeks twin pregnancy (first), just tired+lower backache left side, dry skin, NO other symptoms at all and cant feel movement yet is this normal?
What causes dry skin on belly, arms, legs during early pregnancy? I'm 9w2d and skin is flaky. Never had this before. Areolas are a little itchy?
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
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
In general: In general, in the last trimester.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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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