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 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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The privileges of pregnancy: Here are all the perks

You’ll be told about all the things you CAN’T do when you’re pregnant during your first pregnancy. Midwives, doctors, your friends and family, and even that homeless guy that passed you on the street will tell you how tough the journey is. But the good news is that there are plenty of privileges of pregnancy that you can look forward to.   Yes, there’s a lot you shouldn’t, can’t and won’t do while you’re pregnant, but there’s a flip side to all those restrictions as well. And it doesn’t end with just delivering a baby at the end of those nine months.   Our favourite privileges of pregnancy Peeing your pants Bladder control won’t be your strong suit during the gestation stage of having a baby. But while you’re here, you can be open about the fact that you just peed your pants a little.   Wearing yoga pants to work This is a privilege of pregnancy that most women wish they could enjoy all through their lives. When you’re expecting, you can rock yog…
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The real deal with first pregnancies

First pregnancies are known for their discomforts. Nausea and the fatigue is something that takes some getting used to. Here are some things we wished someone told us before our first pregnancies:   Truths about first pregnancies It’s freaking hard to keep things under wraps We won’t lie: it’s super hard not to tell anyone about your pregnancy during those first few weeks. While there’s nothing wrong with proclaiming your pregnancy from the proverbial rooftop, it makes sense to wait and enter the “clear zone” before announcing the news.   Being sober during the festive season sucks It won’t be until your friends and family start celebrating Christmas or New Years that you’ll realise that you can’t enjoy some of that precious vino too. As a consolation prize, you get to enjoy two helpings of dessert instead. There are a lot of boozy holidays you’ll miss with your pregnancy. And you know that a glass (or three) of wine is really an amazing stress buster. And …
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First vs second pregnancy – The unsolicited truths

When you’re expecting with your second child, you might find yourself reminiscing about your first pregnancy and how very different things are this time around. When it comes to first vs second pregnancy, you’re also more relaxed about everything, and more than willing to see the funny side of things. Here’s a look at the main differences between the two   First vs second pregnancy truths Food Your first pregnancy was when you cared about documenting your nutrition to ensure you get a little of something in on a daily basis. During round 2, cheese crackers on the floor and your toddler’s leftovers are considered adequate. The first vs second pregnancy is also quite different when it comes to what you can and can’t eat. Round one saw you avoiding soft cheese and sushi. But now? You’ve adopted the motto of “safely in moderation”.   Photos During pregnancy number one, you took photos of your growing bump every week. You documented E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G., But pre…
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