Published: Mon April 01, 2013
Categories: The Myth Minx
Miranda Kerr, Heidi Klum and Giselle Bunchman may have all been blessed with super-model skin while pregnant, or the illustrious ‘pregnancy glow’ as it’s known. However, in the real world, hormonal changes and exhaustion can leave many women feeling as though the 'glow' of pregnancy that is meant to transform their skin into the stuff of super-models is just a myth.
That’s because largely the idea that your skin is glowing throughout your entire pregnancy isn’t the exact experience a lot of women have.
So don’t despair if your skin is going through different symptoms
that are not putting the ‘go’ in your ‘glow;’ you can still have a glowing pregnancy even if you experience changes in your skin.
Here is the reality of skin changes many experience while pregnant:
For the first three months, skin can actually be more prone to spots. Hormonal changes mean skin often produces more oil so women who’ve never experienced spots, suddenly find them popping up regularly while women with already spot-prone skin can find the problem exacerbated.
The "glow" of pregnancy
is not just a saying. Your skin retains more moisture during pregnancy
, which plumps it up, smoothing out any fine lines and wrinkles. The pinkish glow that makes you some women look radiant is caused by increased levels of the hormone progesterone, and by the extra blood circulating round your body. This may also make you feel slightly warmer and sometimes flushed.
The downside of this effect for many – that you may look puffy from water retention
also, any red patches that you already have on your face may become more visible. These will eventually calm down once you've given birth
. Remember to drink plenty of water. Your
skin will benefit if you keep well hydrated – which actually helps with fluid retention.
Spider veins in your cheeks? Tiny blood vessels (capillaries) that break are known as spider veins or naevi. They are common in pregnancy, particularly if you're already prone to them. The extra blood circulating in your body puts pressure on your capillaries
, which are also more sensitive during pregnancy. Try to protect your face from extremes of cold or heat. The veins will fade once your hormone levels have settled down after you've given birth.
You may develop acne in your first trimester.
Higher levels of hormones encourage the production of sebum, the oil that keeps your skin supple. Too much sebum causes pores to become blocked, resulting in greasy skin and spots.
Cleanse regularly with a mild soap and lukewarm water or a gentle cleanser. If your skin is dry, use a hydrating moisturiser, if you wear makeup; remove it all before you go to bed.
Don't use acne creams or treatments unless your GP advises you to do so. Some of them shouldn't be used during pregnancy.
The good news is that a few weeks after your baby is born, your skin should return to its pre-pregnancy condition and you’ll have a beautiful little baby – and the smell of baby skin (gorgeous), which is bound to make you and your skin to glow with happiness.
Stay tuned for my Top 5: Tips To Treating Pregnant Skin on Thursday.
What do you think? Did you get the pregnancy glow when you were pregnant? Or did you have a different experience? Did you get any of the symptoms that I speak of? How did you treat them?