Your skin during pregnancy

During pregnancy and in the first months after the baby is born, your hormone levels change dramatically. They cause the majority of changes in your body and have a significant impact on your skin. The volume of blood circulating in your body increases by 3 litres to support the growing baby with oxygen and nutrients. That is why, from the first day of pregnancy, you should start taking care of your skin with our specialized Maternea products. Take advantage of their help and preserve your body’s health and beauty.

Click on the chart below for a short description of what is happening with your body and skin by trimesters:

Body changes and skin care

First trimester <br />
(0 - 12 weeks)

First trimester
(0 - 12 weeks)

  • The pregnancy hormones oestrogen and progesterone surge through your body. Their levels change dramatically, and they affect both your physical and emotional changes.
  • Your breasts are starting to get bigger and can become very sensitive due to higher oestrogen levels. The skin on your breasts stretches, and veins become more visible. The areolas also change – they get larger, darker and stick out more.
  • Because of raised progesterone levels your skin might becomes drier or oilier, but after birth it will go back to its normal condition.
  • During pregnancy the pH of the vagina is at its lowest levels in a woman’s life. This is the body’s natural weapon against the development of microorganisms and bacteria. The more acidic environment guarantees the health and comfort of the uterus. The majority of personal wash products are more alkaline and can disrupt the natural balance. Use an intimate gel with a pH between 3.5 and 4.5.
  • Although in the beginning of the pregnancy you are still active, and the changes of your body are not yet visible, the process of generating stretch marks has probably already started. That is why it is important to help your skin from the very beginning to prevent their appearance. Constant nourishment is the key, by applying vitamin-enriched oils, essential oils, salts and other elements valuable to the skin.
  • Your hormones are to blame for the fatigue, sharp mood swings, sleepiness and irritability, but they are also the cause of all the great emotions you’re experiencing.
  • Take the changes and inconveniences with a smile – they mean that your body is reacting in the right way to the hormonal changes, and is preparing to provide a nest for a new human being.
  • Suitable products for the period are Stretch Mark Cream, Stretch Mark Oil and Intimate Wash.
Second trimester <br />
(13 – 26 weeks)

Second trimester 
(13 – 26 weeks)

  • The little baby in your belly has increased its weight 30 times!
  • You might feel much better because most of the early pregnancy symptoms have faded – you sleep better during the night and have more energy during the day.
  • Your skin has changed; now it is more sensitive, sometimes itchy, and might have rashes and patches.
  • It is obvious that your body is getting bigger, mostly your belly and hips, which means more stretching of the skin in these areas.
  • Because of the rapid stretching, it is possible that the elastic fibres in the deeper skin layers tear and thus prompt the appearance of stretch marks on the belly, buttocks, hips and breasts. The marks start out a light pink to purple, but in the course of time they gradually fade to a pearly white. On average 50-70 % of pregnant women get stretch marks. Their colour and intensity often depend on your skin colour, but genetics plays a role as well.
  • The oestrogen prompts increase in the skin pigment melanin, which may lead to brown marks usually on the face, called chloasma (“the mask of pregnancy”). Sunlight can make the marks even darker, so it is important to use day creams with UV protection regardless the season. The marks will fade after birth.
  • A dark vertical line, called Linea Negra, sometimes appears on the belly marking the place where the abdominal muscles stretch and separate. The darker the skin, the more intensive the colour of the line. After birth, this line will disappear.
  • During the last five weeks of this trimester the skin is often said to “glow” thanks to the extra blood flow and elevated hormones. The skin becomes smoother and looks more radiant.
  • Suitable products for the period are Stretch Mark Cream, Stretch Mark Oil and Intimate Wash.
Third trimester <br />
(27 - 40 weeks)

Third trimester 
(27 - 40 weeks)

  • Your belly expands quickly to accommodate the growing baby.
  • Your circulation is affected; your body retains more water, which means that your fingers, ankles and feet may swell.
  • All your organs are working overtime and your temperature is raised. You often feel extra-hot, you sweat a lot, and your palms and feet can get reddish.
  • You might feel discomfort and irritation in your nipples during the final months of pregnancy. This is the result of your body getting ready for breastfeeding.
  • Near the end of pregnancy your skin will be stretched by around half a square meter. All the more reason for putting extra effort in your skin care.
  • Suitable products for the period are Stretch Mark Cream, Stretch Mark Oil and Intimate Wash.
After childbirth

After childbirth

  • While your emotions and thoughts are busy with the new amazing life, new changes begin in your body. The hormone oxytocin helps the uterus to shrink to its normal pre-birth size.
  • Your breasts are swollen, hard and painful, because they fill up with milk. The hormones oestrogen, progesterone, prolactin and oxytocin regulate the availability of breastmilk. It is proven that breastfeeding women get back into shape quicker.
  • Breast milk is the best food for your baby, but in the beginning breastfeeding is not always easy. The most frequent problems are infections and cracked nipples, caused by improper latching or positioning of the baby, or drying out of the skin. The discomfort may be relieved by applying a special soothing nipple balm to the nipples and areolas after each breastfeeding session.
  • After birth your skin is very dehydrated, and your hormones and their levels change again. Keep on taking active care of your skin – drink more liquids and take care of it with a body firming cream.
  • During pregnancy your abdominal wall has stretched significantly, and it is possible that it does not immediately get back to its previous shape after birth. Since the muscles of the abdominal wall shrink more quickly than the skin does, belly flaps may appear. The better you have treated your skin during pregnancy, the quicker you will manage to get back in shape.
  • Suitable products for the period are Firming cream, Nipple balm, Stretch Mark Cream, Intimate wash.

Your skin during pregnancy

See what awaits you in the next three months.

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