Summer after sunny summer, you’ve been the model of sun protection. Right? But now that you’re pregnant (congrats!), shielding yourself from the sun's harmful ultraviolet, or UV, rays is more important than ever. Your body’s pigment-producing cells (called melanocytes) kick into overdrive during pregnancy, making your skin more susceptible to UV-induced discoloration.
While essential oils can promote healing and ease anxiety, you’re right to approach ‘em with hesitation during pregnancy. "Avoid oils that say 'moving oil' on the label," says Kecia Gaither, M.D., vice chairman and director of maternal fetal medicine at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. These oils promote circulation—great for most women—but during pregnancy, they can also lead to preterm contractions and preterm labor.
Pregnancy hormones can make your skin go bonkers! But with a long list of ingredients to avoid until your due date, what are you supposed to do if you get a pimple (or a whole bunch of ’em)? Follow this easy plan for clear skin from Ariel Ostad, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.
Got an itchy, flaky scalp? Try this simple anti-dandruff prescription from Elizabeth Cunnane-Phillips, a trichologist (that’s a hair and scalp expert) at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York City.
Gridlock. Spam. Irritating coworkers. Certain problems are beyond our control—stretch marks included. And while a new U.K. study found that 90 percent of pregnant women face these skin problems, there are still steps one can take to reduce their appearance. Anne Chapas, M.D., of NYC's Union Square Laser Dermatology, offers her best tips.
Pregnancy is a magical time for a woman. But it's also a time of bodily changes, awkwardness and discomfort. Why would you want to pile on more awkwardness by saying something foolish? That's right, you wouldn't. So read on and learn the nine things that you should never, ever say to a pregnant woman.
"You look like you're about to pop!" No woman wants to hear this. You might as well tell her she's a hippo.
If you’ve ever bolted for the bathroom because your husband’s cologne—the one you bought him—suddenly makes you want to retch, you know all too well that pregnant women enjoy a razor-sharp sense of smell. Unfortunately, we smell in other ways, too. “Your whole aura changes when you’re pregnant, and that includes your personal aroma,” explains Miriam Greene, M.D., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University Langone Medical Center.