Each of the stages of pregnancy brings with it new experiences and body changes, from the obvious (an ever expanding bump!) to the unexpected. Every woman will experience pregnancy in a completely individual way however it helps to be aware and prepared for some of the common body and skin changes pregnant women experience.
In the first trimester, your pregnancy hormones can cause changes to your skin. Some women may experience dry skin while others may have pregnancy related acne breakouts. You may also experience chloasma - or the "mask of pregnancy" - those dark splotches that can appear on your upper lips, cheeks, and nose. These are all fairly common and most will only be temporary.
How to treat pregnancy acne
Skin pigmentation changes in pregnancy (chloasma)
Pregnancy dry skin care
Your bump starts to show and you even begin to feel your baby move! Your hormones tend to even out and many women feel much better during this trimester. Your skin also tends to calm down and many people experience the pregnancy 'glow' at this time, which is due to increased levels of blood circulating round your body.
Although stretch marks usually become more visible in the third trimester some women can begin to see these much earlier, sometimes as soon as their bumps start growing, so prepare for them at this stage.
The last stage of pregnancy is full of interesting symptoms. You may experience things like leg cramps, backache and heartburn. Hormonal skin changes should be back to a normal balance by now, however this is the time stretch marks are most likely to form. Most lighter-skinned women tend to develop pinkish stretch marks, whereas darker skinned women tend to develop stretch marks that are lighter than the surrounding skin