“Normal pregnancy-related hot flashes—coupled with late-summer temperatures—can be totally miserable,” says Lisa Domagalski, M.D., FACOG, a clinical instructor at the Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, R.I. “Heat also exacerbates other common pregnancy-related discomforts,” she adds.
Not to mention what it can do to your looks. The solution? Stay air-conditioned as much as possible, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day and check out these beauty tips.
Because of hormone changes such as increased estrogen, you’re more sun-sensitive now than you would be normally, says Domagalski. But an increased risk of burning isn’t the only concern: Sun can also worsen melasma. This condition, better known as the mask of pregnancy, is caused by increased melanin in the skin and is often linked to elevated estrogen levels, says Alexa Boer Kimball, M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif. Wearing a good sunscreen all over will help keep blotches to a minimum.
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