Pregnancy skin issues and why they occur

Other than stretch marks, the one change that happens when a woman is expecting a baby is pregnancy skin issues. Dark spots, melisma, hyper-pigmentation, linea nigra, acne, spider veins, varicose veins…the list goes on and on. Luckily, these skin conditions are all normal and all happen due to hormonal changes. Let’s take a look at some of the most common conditions.   Common pregnancy skin issues Hyper-pigmentation Also known as the “mask of pregnancy”, hyper-pigmentation is the presence of brown patches on the skin. It can occur on the forehead, nose, and cheeks, in which case it’s referred to as melisma.   PUPPP Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) are one of the lessor know pregnancy skin issues that cause red bumps to appear on the skin that causes itching, burning or stinging. The bumps can cluster together in a small area or cover a wider area and form a plaque. These bumps appear on the breasts, abdomen, legs, arms and buttoc…
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White Line: Everything you need to know about Linea Nigra

Pregnancy is an interesting time marked by more physical changes than you ever thought possible. While most of the changes are amazing, some of them, like the white line, are a bit curious and sometimes, even agitating. What exactly is Linea Nigra? It’s a common side effect of pregnancy that doesn’t have any effects on the mom to be. We also know it as the pregnancy line.   Understanding the white line (Linea Nigra) The “stripe” of dark skin that runs from the belly button to the pubic bone (sometimes up to the breast) occurs in about 75% of all pregnancies. Depending on your skin tone, Linea Nigra can appear as a dark or white line across the bump. The name describes what happens to skin that stretches out and pigment changes during pregnancy. When you’re pregnant, the skin all over your body becomes hyper-pigmented (darkened), but the Linea Nigra is likely to become more pronounced if you have darker skin.   Does the appearance of Linea Nigra mean something…
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Weird things pregnant women do

Pregnant? Congrats, not only are you preparing a little human to enter this world, but you’re also amazing. And for that, you get special permission to do some stupid things. Here’s a roundup of the weird things pregnant women do: A roundup of the weirdest things pregnant women do We spend most of our waking (and sleeping) hours relieved from just having peed. Another one of those weird things pregnant women do is they're always moving to the toilet because they need to go pee. Again, for like the millionth time in one day. We spend money on additional pregnancy tests; even though we’re pretty damn sure, we’re definitely pregnant because the Clear Blue home pregnancy test even went as far as to indicate how many weeks we’re preggo. We just need that additional confirmation. We’re so obsessed with the idea of capturing the perfect shot of our moving bellies; we become master photographers! We have vivid and very detailed daydreams about all the foods we’re going t…
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Annoying pregnancy discomforts nobody told you about

While pregnancy truly is a blessing, and for the most part, it’s an amazing journey. But there are some things nobody tells you about. Here are some of the pregnancy discomforts that most women wished they knew before starting out on this life-changing adventure: Most annoying pregnancy discomforts ever Other people’s cooking will smell awful. And smells you used to love will now make you sick and might even cause unexpected, projectile vomiting. You’ll be swollen. All. Over. Your feet will pretty much personify elephangitis, so just get used to the idea. You’ll have to get your hubby to deal with embarrassing farts that you just can’t help. During the 3rd trimester, you’ll pee every 30 minutes. Sleeping will be one of the most uncomfortable parts of your pregnancy. Acid reflux will become like a newly found friend. You’ll get used to the sciatica pain. Even though it’ll still feel like a hammering on your lower back every time it happens. Kidney sore…
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Discomforts of third-trimester life that everyone hates

All women experience weird things and face challenges when they’re pregnant. But by the last stretch of pregnancy, you’re over everything and just want to be un-pregnant. Yes, you might be over the moon about your baby’s impending arrival. But you’re also fed up with the discomforts of third-trimester life. If someone asks you how you feel, here’s how you might actually respond.   Third-trimester life feels like… 1. Get the hell out of my way If you see a woman in her third trimester wobbling toward you, move. Also, don’t ASK if they want your seat in the line. Don’t make it a question, because they desperately want your seat. Stand up, get your non-pregnant butt out of the seat, and say “Here you go.”   2. Actually, I’ve peed my pants a couple of times Third-trimester life is that time when you never know whether that feeling is your water breaking or if it’s just your weak bladder again. It happens.   3. I know I look “huuuuge” Perhaps you weren…
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The importance of folate during pregnancy

Finding out that you’re expecting is one of the best feelings in the world. As a newly expectant mom, you’ll have a lot to consider. Like your preferred delivery method and whether or not you’ll use a midwife. You’ll also have to start taking folic acid, which is part of choosing the right prenatal supplement for your pregnancy.   It seems like a basic task, but the options are so many that it can be very confusing. From chewable gummies to liquid vitamins, the list is super long.   In this post, we’ll be taking a quick look at why folic acid is important and what the difference between folic acid and folate is.   Folate versus Folic Acid Folic acid is something that has always been weighed up against folate found in prenatal vitamins.   Folic acid is a water-soluble B-vitamin that is recommended for use before and during pregnancy to help prevent neural tube defects. This is actually the synthetic form of the B-vitamin that commonly g…
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The importance of protein during pregnancy

One of the first things newly expectant moms do when they find out they’re pregnant is to start eating healthier. And rightfully so. Giving your body (and baby) a well-balanced diet can have a profound effect on the health of your child in years to come. But just how important is protein during pregnancy? Let’s look at why it’s something you can’t afford to exclude from your pregnancy diet.   Benefits of protein during pregnancy Did you know that you actually need to increase your intake of protein during pregnancy? It’s an essential nutrient that provides amino acids necessary for foetal tissue development and maternal tissue expansion. In fact, protein is the single most critical element for foetal neurological development.   Pregnant women that follow a protein-rich diet have better breast and uterine tissue, produce more adequate blood supply and give their babies what they need for optimal development.   Just how much protein do pregnant moms …
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The six stages of pregnancy you really need to know about

Everyone talks about the three stages of pregnancy. There’s the first, second, and third trimester, and that’s it, right? Wrong! There are actually six different stages of this journey that you can look forward to (or dread, depending on what it is). Love it or hate it, here’s what you’re going to experience:   Six stages of pregnancy in a nutshell 1. The news You just found out you’re pregnant, and you’re either over the moon or scared out of your mind. You’re going to be a mom, and this reality hits home pretty hard. Perhaps you’re scared to give birth. You start seeing pregnant women everywhere. You’re tired, and you start thinking that every pain you have is caused by this new pregnancy. Can people tell you’re pregnant? It’s the same thing when you wonder if people can tell you’re drunk. Hopefully, you’re not wondering both these things at the same time!   2. You look fat Right now, you look fat, but not quite pregnant yet. People are looking at you, an…
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The best pregnancy comebacks

Pregnancy is such a wonderful time in a woman’s life. But obnoxious and idiotic passersby can easily throw a glowing mom-to-be off her magical unicorn with their crappy comments. If you’re ever bombarded with questions and comments, here are some of the best pregnancy comebacks you can use to shut those big mouths right up!   Pregnancy comebacks we love “You. Are. Huge!” I know right! It’s almost like I’m growing a baby or something. But you know what, you’re just as huge! And I mean I don’t know why I’m getting so big either. All I consume these days is Cocaine and Diet Sprite. It’s sooo weird!   “So, how many more kids will you have?” I don’t know Susan, somewhere between one and 47. It really depends on how many we’ll successfully sell. But we really want to keep going until we get an ugly one.   “Why aren’t you going to find out the baby’s gender? It would drive me crazy not knowing!” Well, that’s a very short drive away. Look, it doesn’t real…
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Twin pregnancy comebacks for those annoying strangers

It’s one thing to be pregnant and to have to deal with the comments and questions from strangers. But it with a twin pregnancy, it’s a whole different ball game. Here are some of the witty twin pregnancy comebacks you can use on your friends and family that just don’t know when to shut their traps.   Twin pregnancy comments and your reactions “Wow, it’s going to be hard work!” Yes, I know. Here’s the sign-up sheet so you can register to come over to help out. We have quite a few slots open between two and three in the morning.   “Better you than me.” Obviously better me than you. You’re not nearly fabulous enough to carry and give birth to two kids at once. That much is obvious.   “Wow, what’s your plan for breastfeeding? You’ll have two hungry mouths to feed!” After performing a roundhouse kick to this person’s skull, reply with the following: My husband is taking some meds so he’ll be able to lend a helping hand too.   “Are they natural…
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