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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The best cures for morning sickness

If you’re relentlessly trying to find cures for morning sickness, rest assured that you are not alone. Because nobody is sure about what really causes the problem, nobody is absolutely sure they have a cure.   About two out of three women will battle with morning sickness during some stage and at some degree during pregnancy. First pregnancies are known to be heavier on the idea, but it happens during subsequent pregnancies as well. Although the most common treatment is “suck it up, Buttercup”, there are a few other tricks well worth trying. Here’s what they look like:   A roundup of cures for morning sickness Ginger me, please One of the most popular cures for morning sickness is anything ginger. Ginger ale, snaps, candied ginger and even ginger tea, is said to help quell the barfs.   Vitamin B6 Apparently, you can reduce nausea by taking 25mg of B6 three times a day. But here’s the catch: nobody knows why this method is effective. And then they…
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Gum infections during pregnancy: Everything you need to know

Gum infections during pregnancy happen during the second trimester. Although pregnancy does not cause gingivitis or gum inflammation, it’s the hormonal changes during pregnancy that are to blame for this problem. Your body is producing more estrogen and progesterone, which can dilate the blood vessels in your gums and make them more permeable. As a result, you’re at risk of contracting inflammation, which leads to a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. How serious are gum infections during pregnancy? If left untreated, gum infections during pregnancy can affect deeper supporting tissues and cause gum disease. From the second or third month of pregnancy, you might notice some of the following symptoms: Redness, swelling of the gums and tenderness Bad breath Bleeding gums after eating or brushing Inflammatory overgrowths on the gums due to bacterial irritation Can pregnancy gingivitis impact neonatal health? The bacteria that build up in a pregnant wo…
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Pregnancy chiropractic care: Here’s why it’s amazing

Lower back pain and hip pain is kind of the norm for most pregnant woman. What isn’t so “general” however is pregnancy chiropractic care. If you’re not planning to be part of the 50-80% of pregnant women that suffer throughout the process, chiropractic care might definitely become your best friend. And here’s why: The safety of pregnancy chiropractic care Pregnancy chiropractic care is essentially health maintenance of the spinal column through the use of pressure point massaging. Of course, you need your doc’s approval before signing up for regular visits to the chiro during pregnancy. Pregnancy chiropractic care is most beneficial for women that suffer from toxaemia, placental abruption or placenta Previa, vaginal bleeding, and ectopic pregnancy. In most cases, chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women, but there are a few that specialise in pre-and-post-natal care. That being said, here’s a quick look at why you should be considering this option.   Benefit…
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The basic guide to pregnancy exercise

Being pregnant is super hard work. You’re tired most of the time, and you have to get around on feet that are swollen beyond belief. With all the physical unpleasantness going around, you might not even be considering pregnancy exercise. But it’s something you HAVE to consider because it can lead to a healthier pregnancy and, in the end, a healthier baby. Here are the basic rules for working out while you’re growing a tiny human.   Guidelines for pregnancy exercise 1. Always speak to your doctor first Before you start with your pregnancy exercise regime, it’s wise to consult your healthcare provider. He or she will be able to tell you if you’re good to go and how much your body can handle.   2. Always warm up and cool down Warming up can help ease you into a workout and prevent fatigue. Cooling down properly ensures that your body (and baby) gets enough oxygen after a hard workout. If you skip the warmup and cool down stages of a workout, it’ll be much more…
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Everything you need to know about pregnancy pelvic pain

Pregnancy pelvic pain is a common problem for most women. Also known as symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), the condition is caused by relaxed and stretchy ligaments that usually keep the pelvic joint in place. Let’s take a closer look at the problem and how it is treated.   Why does pregnancy pelvic pain occur? When you’re pregnant, your body produces a hormone called relaxin. This hormone softens the ligaments to help your baby bath through the birthing canal and your pelvis. So the pain you feel during pregnancy is a combination of hormones and the way your body moves. In most cases, the one side of your pelvis moves around more when you walk or move around. And that’s why the area around the pubis becomes tender.   How can I reduce pregnancy pelvic pain? Kegel exercises are AMAZING, and they are your number one solution to help take control of this problem. Pelvic tilts, which strengthen the muscles in the pelvic area, are also great. If the pain is reall…
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How to effectively deal with pregnancy constipation

Pregnancy constipation is a major pain in the butt. Sorry for the pun there. Almost half of all pregnant women have to deal with the sticky situation at some point. Here’s a quick look at what it is and how you can treat it.   What causes pregnancy constipation? The pregnancy hormone, progesterone, relaxes the muscle tissue in your body, which also includes your gastrointestinal tract. The relaxation and the crowded space in your belly slow down digestion. And when digestion is sluggish, it causes constipation.   Later in pregnancy, the problem gets worse when your uterus puts pressure on your rectum. If you take iron supplements (which most pregnant women do), the problem intensifies. The good news is that there are quite a few natural solutions to pregnancy constipation!   How to treat pregnancy constipation 1. Drink loads of water You need to up your water intake. Some doctors also say that a glass of pure fruit juice, even better if it’s prun…
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Why and how your body changes during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a tie of great change in a woman’s life. Although you’ll go through lifestyle changes, the most obvious thing will be how your body changes during pregnancy. Yes, everyone knows that you’ll grow a bump. But did you know that your inner organs constantly change throughout pregnancy? Here are some of the major changes that’ll happen during your 40-week journey towards giving birth to a new human life.   How your body changes during pregnancy 1. Your uterus grows Aside from just the external appearance of your belly, your uterus also expands to make room for your baby. And this is one of the first ways in which your body changes during pregnancy. Your uterus will expand so much during your second trimester that it can’t comfortably fit into its slot in the pelvis anymore. Thanks to rapid growth, your uterus will travel above your belly button, expanding upward. By the time you’re ready to give birth, it’ll be the size of a watermelon.   2. And bloo…
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How to deal with swollen feet during pregnancy

Swollen feet during pregnancy is the one thing that can make a beautiful, life-changing experience seem ugly and brutal. Although it might seem like something insignificant, it’s much more problematic and frustrating than it seems to the outside world. If you’ve never dealt with the problem, you really don’t have an opinion about it. End of story. But let’s get back to the point here. Why the heck does it happen and how can you deal with you fat feet while you’re growing a little human? Here’s some advice!   The cause of swollen feet during pregnancy Did you know that this condition actually has some cool medical name? Seriously, they call it Edema, and it refers to the reaction your body has to inflammation when you’re pregnant. Because your blood volume and bodily fluids double up during pregnancy, your body stores the extra fluids elsewhere in your body until the baby needs it. And it can be stored anywhere aside from the uterus. One of the best places our bodies l…
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