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regnancy brings about a whirlwind
of changes to the skin and body.
Many of the physiological changes
experienced during pregnancy are a direct
response to rising hormone levels. Although
these hormones are instrumental in the
development of the baby, they can bring with them
a host of other body and skin changes, which this
article will discuss.
ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE
Estrogen and progesterone significantly
increase over a relatively short period. The amount
of estrogen that a woman’s body produces in a
single pregnancy is immeasurably greater than
the amount produced in a lifetime of a woman
when not pregnant. Besides the possible mood
swings and nausea, the increase of estrogen boosts
vascularization of the uterus and placenta. This
facilitates the flow of nutrients to accommodate the
The high progesterone levels along with the
relaxin hormone weaken the normally solidified
joints and ligaments throughout the body. This
is why it is important for pregnant women to be
especially cautious with exercise and intense
physical activity to avoid any potential injuries. At
the same time, progesterone helps the development
of a thick and strong lining of the uterus that can
expand and support the growing size of the baby. It
prepares the mammary glands, in conjunction with
rising estrogen, for milk production.
SKIN DURING PREGNANCY
Pregnancy is often associated with a healthy glow,
but that glow is not absolute and is balanced by a
long list of not always comfortable or necessarily
esthetic side effects. The erratic behavior of the
rising hormones can have a negative impact on
skin, sometimes worsening pre-existing skin
conditions, such as rosacea, acne or atopic dermatitis.
Pregnancy can make skin reactive to ingredients
or even environments that previously had no effect.
Oddly enough, it can also improve pre-existing skin
conditions in some cases.
Pregnancy may promote healthier skin, hair and
nails, but it is often accompanied by acne, unwanted
hair growth, hair thinning, exacerbated existing
skin conditions, skin pigmentation, spider veins and
BY VICTORIA TABAK, NATURE PURE LABS