Healthy Baby from Healthy Mom

If you are worried about your little one before he or she comes into this world, it’s the time for you to take care of yourself. Normally, the physical condition of the womb and entire body is important to fetal development and improvement. So, it’s important to take care about your physical as well as your mental health.

Rest Well

While another life is growing inside your tummy, you will feel more tired than before. Due to discomfort in 3rd trimester you may find it hard to sleep well. Therefore, it’s better to sleep as much as you can in 1st and 2nd  trimesters!

The best position for you to sleep in is “SOS” (sleep on side). But it’s better to sleep on left side, because your left side will expand the measure of blood and supplements that will reach the placenta and your infant.

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For more comfort, keep your legs and knees bowed and put a pillow between your legs.

 

Working out

h2Exercise is so beneficial, the ideal workout gets your heart pumping, keeps you limber, manages weight gain, and prepares your muscles to handle the physical demands of pregnancy and the postpartum period without causing undue physical stress for you or the baby. Also, research suggests that prenatal exercise may also lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, exercise can help you manage the condition and prevent complications. Healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies aim to exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes a day with moderate intensity on most or all days of the week. You do simple exercises like swimming, walking and yoga.

 

Healthy Diet

h4During pregnancy, the goal is to be eating balance nutritious meal most of the time. It’s better to avoid fast food, processed food, and foods high in sugar, alcohol, unpasteurized food, saturated fats and also avoid from fish which contain high level mercury (such as shark, swordfish and marlin). There are a variety of safe foods you may have such as fresh vegetables and fruits, fish-contains essential fatty acids, whole grains, iron and B-vitamins. At least half of a pregnant woman’s carbohydrate choices each day should come from whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta or breads and brown rice.

 

Mental Health

The next important thing is the mental health of a mum. Because most people believe that happy healthy babies are coming from happy healthy moms.  High levels of cortisol (the stress hormone responsible for the body’s fight-or-flight response) in pregnancy are associated with babies who cry more and sleep less after birth. One reason for low weight birth is chronic stress of mum. So, it become more important to pay attention to one’s emotional state. You can relax by doing yoga, listening to your favorite music, doing meditation and taking a warm bubble bath.

 

Be Careful

It’s better to minimize exposure to chemicals that we are using day today life. Like household cleaners, secondhand smoke, stay away from cat litter, gardening soil, solvents, paints and beauty products. Avoid lead dust, which can be generated during renovations in older homes. And steer clear of bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen found in countless products, including plastic containers and thermal cash register receipts.

If you eat organic food, as a habit you can avoid from pesticides, growth hormones and other chemicals. Wash all the vegetables and fruits because risk in obesity, infertility, attention deficit disorders and cognitive problems in children can be increased due to pesticides.

 

 

Author:

Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.

 

 

 

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Decorate your baby’s room      

Before your bundle of joy comes home you should be keen to get the baby’s room ready in time for their arrival. The decorations will depend on gender of your little one. Decorating your baby’s room makes new beginning to your life and it will give a pleasant feeling to both mom and the baby.

Research have found that in the early stages of your baby’s life, they can only see shades of black, grey and white and their best vision is 8-12 inches away. The best way to decorate your newborn’s room is to use monochrome colors and patterns. This provides your baby with the best form of visual stimulation, it will also assist in brain growth and development.

Their eyes are sensitive to bright light, so will probably open their eyes in low light. Sometimes your newborn’s eyes will cross or drift outward (go “wall-eyed”), this is normal until your baby’s vision improves and eye muscles strengthen.

By the time your baby reaches three months old, it’s believed that they can see colors. And so, bringing some vibrancy into their nursery is essential for their continued development. Contrasting patterns, and movement are the things newborns like to look at most.

If you start with a monochrome base for your newborn, there should be no trouble finding a color that works with your room.

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  • Most of the times you just go for soft pink and yellow, but there are much more endless colors you can see varying from muted earth tones to vibrant and bold.
  • But it’s better to avoid from using dark colors.
  • You can use wall stickers, flowers, dolls and teddies.

 

 

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  • Most of the times people go for blue color.
  • You can make bold statement or be a mellow sanctuary on the space.
  • Also, you can go for themes like super heroes.

 

 

If you are still not sure about the gender of your baby, just go for unisex themes as follows:

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Here you can select colors and themes which can use for both baby girls and boys. Also, you can hang some decorations to take attention of your baby.

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You can use these things for birth day decorations also. From all these ideas lets Welcome your new member by decorating and creating the perfect space to grow up.

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

Think you might be Pregnant?

Even before you miss a period, you may suspect that you’re pregnant. For some women, early symptoms of pregnancy begin in the first few weeks after conception.

Pregnancy symptoms can also vary in their intensity, frequency and duration. The following early signs and symptoms of pregnancy checklist are only a guideline. Many early pregnancy symptoms can appear similar to routine pre-menstrual discomforts.

Symptoms of Pregnancy: The Classic Clues

Tender, swollen breasts: Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts sensitive and sore. The discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.

Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar — which might make you feel sleepy.

Nausea with or without vomiting. Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, often begins one month after you become pregnant. However, some women feel nausea earlier and some never experience it. The cause of nausea during pregnancy isn’t clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role.

Light spotting: Sometimes a small amount of light spotting is one of the first signs of pregnancy known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus — about 10 to 14 days after conception. Implantation bleeding occurs around the time of a menstrual period. However, not all women have it.Picture1

Headaches: Early in pregnancy, increased blood circulation caused by hormonal changes may trigger frequent, mild headaches.

Constipation: Hormonal changes cause your digestive system to slow down, which can lead to constipation.

Increased urination: You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder.

 Mood swings: The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common, especially in the first trimester.

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Cravings: When you’re pregnant, you might find yourself turning up your nose at certain foods, such as coffee or fried foods. Food cravings are common too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes.

 

Missed Period: Perhaps the most obvious early symptom of pregnancy is when you’ve missed your period. This possible sign of pregnancy is often what causes women to search for more details about the other pregnancy symptoms.

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Some women might only experience a much lighter period compared to their usual. You might not experience any of the pregnancy signs listed below until around the time you notice you’ve missed your monthly cycle.

Unfortunately, these symptoms aren’t unique to pregnancy. Some can indicate that you’re getting sick or that your period is about to start. Likewise, you can be pregnant without experiencing any of these symptoms.

Still, if you miss a period and notice some of the above signs or symptoms, take a home pregnancy test or see your health care provider.

 

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

Prenatal Beauty Treatments – “beauty with the bump”

 

 

Picture1Pregnant mothers crave some pampering during their pregnancy. Most of them don’t want to show up like pregnant mothers and want to be stylish, beautiful as usual. They deserve to indulge themselves and enjoy a day or two at the spa. Before indulging in a little spa action, however, most expecting moms need to know which beauty treatments are safe for their baby.

Manicures and Pedicures

Just because you’re pregnant does not mean you have to forget about your manicure and pedicure appointment. But we have to be cautious about the chemicals that will create complications. The nail polish fumes tend to sometime cause mothers to be to feel nauseous, the brief exposure in the salon won’t cause any harm to your baby. However, the nail polish does contain chemicals such as formaldehyde and toluene that can be harmful if you use it often enough. You can ask your nail technician if she can use nail polish that’s free of these chemicals. You may also prefer to avoid the nail bar during the first trimester.

Facials

A facial can be a wonderfully relaxing to help keep your skin beautifully healthy. Basicfacial facials are a great way to pamper your skin, especially considering that your hormone levels change during pregnancy. However, not all treatments, are safe for all pregnant mothers. Aromatherapy, chemical peels, hot stones, and electric stimulation should be avoided until the arrival of your baby.

Waxing

Just bear in mind that your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy, but getting a wax is considered safe. When you’re pregnant your hormones are on super drive and thanks to that, your hair grows at a faster rate!

 Hair Dye

According to the professionals, chemicals found in hair dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. When you are getting your hair dyed the small amount that is absorbed by your skin is not enough to reach the baby. For worried pregnant mothers, some doctors recommend not dying your hair during your first trimester.

Tanning

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Many Doctors do not recommend that pregnant women soak up the sun, whether its from direct sunlight or in a tanning bed. The high temperature can raise body temperatures and be very dangerous to your baby, its better off avoiding it all together until you have the baby.

 Botox Treatments

Many doctors would advise against pregnant women to get injections of the popular drug. Doctors urge pregnant women to remember that the combination of hormones and increased blood flow will make your face “glow” anyway during pregnancy and suggest that cosmetic procedures are likely to go unnoticed amid an already-transforming body.

Saunas and Steam Rooms

Like tanning expecting moms should avoid saunas and steam rooms when you’re pregnant, saunas can cause hyperthermia, which can lead to an increased risk of birth defects during the first trimester.

 

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

 

Prenantal Exercises – “it’s all about being strong”

Doing exercises during pregnancy bring lot of positive impact on the health and fitness of a pregnant mother. Prenatal Exercise is so beneficial that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies aim to exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes a day with moderate intensity on most or all days of the week. The ideal workout gets your heart pumping, keeps you limber, manages weight gain, and prepares your muscles to handle the physical demands of pregnancy and the postpartum period without causing undue physical stress for you or the baby. Also, research suggests that prenatal exercise may also lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes . If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, exercise can help you manage the condition and prevent complications. E1

Consult your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program. If you get the go-ahead to work out, be sure to listen to your body. Don’t overdo it, stop if it hurts or feels uncomfortable. And before you put on your sneakers, learn the rules of safe pregnancy exercise. Many gyms and community centers offer fitness classes designed specifically for pregnant women and have instructors who can offer expert guidance on exercising safely.

Initial exercises for a pregnant woman:

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  • Aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Prenatal yoga
  • Stretching and etc.

 

 

And also, there are specific exercises that you can do trimester wise, specially you should be careful in the 3rd trimester. For safe pregnancy exercises, better to check with your healthcare provider first, get enough calories, skip dangerous sports, wear the right clothes, warm up, drink plenty of water, don’t lie flat on your back, keep moving, don’t overdo it, don’t exercise in high heat or humidity, get up from the floor slowly, cool down, make it a habit.

While the exercise has been established as a safe practice for women who are pregnant, there are risks that can make it dangerous for some women with medical conditions. Firstly, the hormones stimulated during pregnancy have the potential to induce premature contractions, although the actual risk of this event has not been investigated. Exercise also causes blood to be redistributed from internal organs to skeletal muscle and as a result there is a significant reduction in oxygen and nutrient delivery to the placenta.

Potential mechanisms behind why exercise during pregnancy can be a risk have been identified, yet there have been no studies that have shown these have a significant effect on fetal wellbeing. The major concerns include:

  • Premature contractions can potentially be induced by the hormones that are stimulated by exercise
  • Increased glucose consumption from working muscles could affect fetal glucose levels
  • Exercise causes blood to be redistributed from internal organs to skeletal muscle and as a result there is a significant transient reduction in oxygen and nutrient delivery to the placental site
  • Overheating will challenge maternal thermal regulation and is best avoided, especially in the first trimester. Therefore, participating in vigorous exercise in high temperature environments throughout pregnancy should be avoided.

Having certain other conditions mean you need to exercise with caution. Ask your provider to recommend a safe exercise routine if you have;

  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Bone or joint injuries
  • History of heavy smoking
  • Signs of a potential health problem or pregnancy complication.

Even if your doctor gives you the go-ahead to get regular physical activity, pay attention to signs that may indicate a problem with your health or the pregnancy. Stop exercising immediately and contact your healthcare provider if you have; Decreased fetal movement, dizziness or a feeling you might faint, headache, heart palpitations, calf pain or swelling (which could indicate a blood clot), vaginal bleeding, chest pain, recurring abdominal pain or contractions, fluid leaking (or gushing) from your vagina, shortness of breath (this is common during pregnancy but can sometimes signal a problem such as asthma or fluid in the lungs.)

Benefits of doing exercises during pregnancy :

  • Improve the maternal fitness
  • Reduce glucose levels – blood sugar
  • Helpful to have a good sleep
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Increase energy
  • Decrease complications happen during pregnancy
  • Ease the labor

 

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Author:

Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.

There is no such thing called ‘easy labor’ – or is there?

 

I agree, to an extent, there is no such thing as easy labor, but with careful planning and learning what and what not to do, the labor pain can be reduced and you can have an ‘easier labor’ than if you would’ve otherwise had. After giving birth to three children, three different ways, I can tell you all the scary, funny, yucky stories of labor if you want me to, but I will leave that for your imagination and I’m sure you’ll have your own stories to add once you actually give birth to your little baby too.

Just to share with you the bare minimum, my first son was supposed to be born in the middle of a hot summer day. Well, the problem is that he didn’t want to come out of his happy place according to our schedule,  so after few days of waiting for labor pains, we had to give a little nudge and ask him so nicely to please come out so we can see his beautiful face. Even with an epidural on my back to ease the pains, I can tell you, I knew the moment he was ready to push out, I was in so much pain I couldn’t even call my sleeping hubby few feet away from me, so I gently threw my teddy bear at him to wake him up in the middle of the night to tell him ‘it’s time’. The second son couldn’t wait to get out  and explore this world – he’s seven years old today, an extremely curious little boy, still makes me worry about his safety – almost came out right on the couch at home, so we had to rush to the hospital and had an emergency C-section. The third, we planned a C-section because of pregnancy complications. Between my first and the second, I carried a baby for four months before having a painful miscarriage. So, as you can see, I’ve seen and been through it all and would like to share with you few tips to make this journey as easy as possible from what I learned along the way.

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  1. Ask for a good support person:

Your partner obviously is the best support person in this journey. But remember, he is also going through an emotional roller coaster just as you are during the labor. So it is a good idea to have a doula (a person trained specially to help pregnant mothers during labor, most of them have experience that can be very useful for first time mothers) or a close relative to support you. Make sure to discuss clearly with your person of choice about expectations and preferences from each side. If you do have a birth plan, it is good to discuss the birth plan with the doula or the support person.

 

  1. Walk the pains away:

During the full nine months, I walked daily for exercise. Even while waiting at the hospital during labor pains, I walked around to distract myself from the pains. Most first time mothers have long labor periods, sometimes about ten, twelve hours long. My friend went baby gear shopping when she was already dilated!! She had planned to go to the nearest Baby item store on the way to the hospital. It was a great way to distract herself from the pains. She was with her husband and they were less than two minutes away from the hospital. The store was inside a shopping mall which made it easier for her to walk around and, talk about distractions, what else can you do for fun in a shopping mall other than people watching?

 

  1. Eat small meals or snack often:

pregnancy_625x350_41448621471Don’t worry now about the weight gains. You have done all that careful monitoring of your weight gain during the nine months. Right now, you need to focus on the birth of your child. Avoid fatty food or heavy meals that might make you nauseated during labor. Choose health snacks and pack some for hospital in case if you do not like what is offered to you. I even had a bar of chocolate in my hospital bag!!

  1. Stay home and rest until the right moment to go to the hospital:

One thing you do not want is to wait at the hospital for hours before the labor begins. If you have a comfortable and reliable way to get to the hospital within five to ten minutes, you can stay home until you feel the contractions within 4-5 minutes apart. For most mothers, it takes about an hour from this point to actual labor.  When the contractions are getting closer and stronger, you know it is time to get out of the house. Until then, it is better to take it slow, breath, drink water, rest, put your feet up and relax. This is not the time to run around packing the hospital bag, so make sure to have that ready few weeks ahead.

 

  1. Take a shower:

You can actually take a shower while having contractions and it is a good idea to do so because you never know when is the next time you get to have a shower on your own, in your own bathroom. So, make sure you are safe and that the hospital bag is ready, and go take that shower or even a soak in a bath tub would be helpful to ease the pains.

 

  1. Welcome the unexpected:

You might feel embarrassed having all those people around, about the unexpected bodily functions, noises you make, the lunatic behavior that you show, but remember, they are trained professionals to do the job right. They have seen in all. Your doctor might recommend pain medication or tips to help you at the moment, and you need to trust your doctor. Ask questions but remember you have trusted this individual through nine months of taking care of this baby. I remember when I faced my emergency C-section, my doctor wanted to explain me the procedure and I told her very clearly that I trusted her with my whole heart to do the right thing for me and my baby and that is all I needed to tell her. This trust makes everyone’s job much easier including yours.

 

  1. Take your unfinished crochet project to the hospital with you:

This might seem odd to you, but I actually had my project in hand during labor pains and the long waits felt much shorter with each new row I add to my project. The urge to finish the project kept me busy and distracted enough to ease the pains. I also benefited from the sitting position between contractions. In between contractions, I’ll forget all about the next contraction and add few chains or fillings to my baby blanket I was making for my baby. Years later, my son still brags about how his mom made this blanket while he was being born, it truly was labor of love!! You can take small coloring books, short stories, magazines to read if you are not into projects like I was. Something that you love and can’t wait to finish will keep that focus away from the contractions and pains.

3As with anything, things don’t always go in the direction you planned it to be. So, the important message here is to take it easy. Rest and less stressful is the best way to ease the pains of labor.  I have been reading a small book called “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. If it is not going to affect you at this moment, don’t worry about it now. If you hear about political crisis happening in the other side of the earth, thought it might affect you in the long run, at this moment, it belong to the ‘Small Stuff’. Try to stay away from any potentially stressful discussions unless you must engage in such conversations. Enjoy the moment and tune out any negative thoughts. Listen to music and read a good book. There is no way to predict how your labor will turn out no matter how much we want to know.

 

Author:
Dr Ganga Fernando received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently teaching at Cottey College – a four-year University of liberal arts and sciences for women –  as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In her role as a faculty member of the BS in Health Science program, she offers research and internship opportunities in the field of Global Public Health disparities and health care in rural South East Asia. She is a mother of 3 and a world traveler with vast experience in women’s health and maternity.

 

That glowing pregnancy skin – how to take care of it

After a good swim in the ocean my hands became extremely dry, made me think of my pregnancy days and how I loved that glowing pregnancy skin. Don’t get the wrong idea though, after giving birth to three beautiful boys my whole body has transformed and with that gorgeous pregnancy glow, like many other moms, I also inherited some not so pretty symptoms of pregnancy on my skin. The hormones that you produce not just make your skin glow, but it changes some areas to a slightly darker shade and some areas get small bumps or acne. These stretch marks, skin tags and other discolorations on your skin tell you that you are in fact changing in many significant ways than you thought. Knowing about these skin changes will help you take care of yourself better. Some skin conditions last much longer than you expected and it is always good to know how to take care of your skin even after the pregnancy. Remember to always keep the baby’s health and well being a priority over anything else. Read and learn about the common skin changes and talk to your physician about any skin changes that seem unusual. Researchers all over the world agree most of these pregnancy skin changes will return to normal after the baby is born.

The skin changes during pregnancy, good and bad, are usually categorized into three groups; pre-existing, hormone-related and pregnancy-specific. You might need new medications or might have to avoid some medications that you used to take before pregnancy. Some skin medications that you used before pregnancy may not be safe for your growing baby and make sure to talk to your physician about the skin related side effects of any medication you are taking and which medication you should stay away from during these few months.

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According to researcher Rita V. Vora, more than 90% of the pregnant women show significant skin changes that may have great impact on the mother’s life. Hair and nail changes, pigmentary changes and vascular changes can be caused by the increase of a variety of proteins and hormones by the feto-placental units. Increased activity of Pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands due to pregnancy can also cause these types of skin changes.

Here are some of the common skin conditions of pregnancy.

Hyper pigmentation:

During my first pregnancy, I recognized this distinct dark straight line on my pregnant belly that got darker everyday throughout the third trimester. titching295It was about 12 inches long from top to bottom. This is called Linea nigra; is usually noticed in the second trimester. From the first trimester, you will notice the increased pigmentation in areas that are already pigmented like nipples, areola and genital areas. This is usually caused by increased release of melanin by Eastrogen into melanocytes combined with progesterone’s activity on epidermal and dermal macrophages. Basically, your skin will look darker in some areas including some on your face; the pregnancy mask.

 

Hair and Nail:

Changes to hair and nail usually return to normal about 3-12 months after pregnancy. Increased shedding of hair and brittle nails are common during pregnancy and good care of both will help the return to normal process much easier.

Vascular changes:

Spider veins or spider angiomas are reddish elevations on the skin caused by the increased amount of vascular growth factors released during pregnancy.

Acne:

Increased sebaceous function in third trimester can cause acne. Acne can be developed during pregnancy even if you didn’t have them before. This is categorized as a glandular change; an increase of eccrine gland function. Good hygienic practices like washing face with lukewarm water, not touching acne, can help reduce the condition.

Psoriasis:

Good news on this, about 40-63% of psoriasis patients will see a clearing up of the condition due to pregnancy. Only a 14% of the patients show the condition to worsen.  Psoriatic arthritis however has been reported to worsen due to pregnancy.

AEP – Atopic Eruption of Pregnancy:

A class of pregnancy related skin conditions that include eczema, Prurigo and pruritic folliculitis. Researchers found that 50% of pregnant women are affected with these pregnancy specific dermatoses. It has been noticed that a family history of AEP or increased level of IgG increase the possibility of AEP occurrence in a pregnant woman, and as can be expected, the baby might develop AEP later in their life.

 

These are only a few of the common skin changes during pregnancy. itchy20skin20rash20during20pregnancyIn a 1994 study done with 200 participants, researcher Vaughan Jones concludes that in all cases studied, there were no adverse effects either on maternal or fetal outcomes due to the pregnancy dermatosis, which again is good news. Almost all researchers point out the importance of correct diagnosis before taking any medication for skin conditions. As in most cases, least amount of medication during pregnancy protects the fetus from abnormal health conditions. Most physicians recommend therapy and management of the conditions to help deal with the stress resulted by changes to the skin. More conservative treatments like topical emollients and antihistamines are usually advised during pregnancy. Other researchers have also mentioned finding out more about your family history of pregnancy related skin changes is beneficial to your physician in determining the specific condition and treatment. Enjoy the glow, accept the changes, your body is going through an amazing transformation and you are in the process of creating another human being!!!

 

Author:
Dr Ganga Fernando received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently teaching at Cottey College – a four-year University of liberal arts and sciences for women –  as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In her role as a faculty member of the BS in Health Science program, she offers research and internship opportunities in the field of Global Public Health disparities and health care in rural South East Asia. She is a mother of 3 and a world traveler with vast experience in women’s health and maternity.