Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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How to rescue your face and body from the clutches of pregnancy chaos.
Acne: Women who already have acne tend to see the condition worsen, especially if they suffer from acne rosacea (signs include persistent redness, bumps and pimples on the face). But even in otherwise blemish-free skin, hormone-induced breakouts can arise.
Melasma: Also known as "the mask of pregnancy," melasma consists of dark facial splotches and usually appears during the second or third trimester.
Stretch Marks: Striations on the surface of the skin result when underlying elastic fibers are torn because of rapid expansion; broken capillaries account for the purple hue.
Dry, Itchy Skin: Two of the most common pregnancy complaints, dryness and itchiness can result from hormonal changes and dehydration; autumn and winter's plummeting humidity levels don't help.
A Tired Appearance: It's an almost inevitable result of growing a baby while attempting to carry on with business as usual.