Pregnancy is a highly unique physiologic condition when everything is different! Most women who have been pregnant can attest to this. Due to the changes in the blood system, immunity, hormones, etc. the skin can develop unique characteristics. We know that sometimes you don’t know what’s normal and what’s not and you don’t know what it is you can and cannot use on the skin during pregnancy that would be safe for the baby. Dr. Steele knows that your baby is your priority, so she will evaluate the skin and any skin problems you may have and guide you to the best skin care during this special time.
What’s normal? A degree of increased flushing/blushing is normal considering an increased blood supply during pregnancy. Also, because of this increase in blood and fluid, you may also develop swelling in the legs and an increase in varicose veins. Compression hose may be helpful in minimizing swelling and preventing varicose veins. Dr. Steele often sees changes in acne—sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. While acne treatments are more limited during pregnancy, Dr. Steele discusses the options with patients that will include a variety of pregnancy-safe products, medicines, and procedures.
It is also normal for things to grow on the skin. Patients often report new skin tags or benign skin growths that they notice during pregnancy. These are generally no problem and can be treated at one’s leisure. Moles may even grow during pregnancy with the body, which means that if your skin stretches your moles may stretch proportionately. However, your moles should not change shape or color or grow rapidly during pregnancy. You should keep surveillance on your skin during pregnancy in the same way you would at any other time because it is very possible to develop a melanoma during pregnancy.
Especially during pregnancy, better safe than sorry. It is advisable to get your skin checked out when you notice something is awry. Once the baby comes you’ll be even busier, so get things checked out that are concerning to you or your Obstetrician when you notice them. If treatment can be or is better deferred until a later time, then Dr. Steele will make that choice with you but getting evaluated for skin related changes shouldn’t wait