12 Different Ways Your Face Changes During Pregnancy

How Does a Woman’s Face Change During Pregnancy?

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There is a multitude of changes that take place in your body when you are pregnant. A growing belly, swollen hands and feet, and enlarged breasts that are getting ready for breastfeeding are some of the physical changes that a pregnant woman can expect through the three trimesters. The increase in hormone production brings about changes throughout the body, including the face. Here are some changes that you can expect on your face as you progress through the different phases of pregnancy.

12 Ways Pregnancy Can Change Your Face

It is a given that your body will undergo changes during pregnancy. However, not all these changes will take place below the neck – your face could experience some drastic changes as well, making you look entirely different for those nine months. So, what exactly happens and what are the changes you can expect in your face when pregnant? Read on.

1. Swollen Nose

Increased circulation of blood in your mucous membranes can cause your nose to swell up during pregnancy. Blame it on the increased production of estrogen – your nose will look bigger and broader. This can cause your appearance to change quite a bit.

2. Brown Patches (Melasma)

You may find yourself developing brown patches all over your face. Melasma is a hormone-induced condition of hyperpigmentation that manifests in the form of patches on your forehead, cheeks, or chin.

3. Puffy Eyes

A pregnant woman with puffy eyes

You may be getting enough sleep and taking adequate rest, but your eyes may still carry large bags underneath them, making you look sleep-deprived. Of course, by the last trimester, you will look tired with frequent visits to the loo during the nights and the fatigue of carrying your entire body weight.

4. Swelling of the Face

Swelling of the hand and feet is quite normal during pregnancy. However, your face will get rounder and chubbier as well. Remember that this plumpness is temporary and will fade away post-delivery. If your face swells in a way that is painful and abnormal, it could be a sign of preeclampsia, and you must consult the doctor immediately.

5. Loss of Eyelash and Eyebrow Hair

You may least expect this, but you can experience loss of eyelash hair and thinning of eyebrows during pregnancy. This is common when your diet does not include adequate protein and vitamin content, and if you have a malfunctioning thyroid.

6. Skin Redness

Skin redness during pregnancy

Carrying all the extra weight can increase your blood pressure, which, in turn, affects your skin tone. Your facial skin will look reddish throughout your pregnancy.

7. Broken Capillaries

Your changing hormones could also cause red-coloured spider veins on your face all over your forehead and cheeks. Medically known as broken capillaries, this is one of the most common facial changes during early pregnancy. The changing hormones in your body have a softening effect on the blood vessels, which causes this condition.

8. Acne

Your face breaking out during early pregnancy is not uncommonThose pesky hormones could increase oil production, building up sebum levels and clogging the pores of the skin. So, it is not unusual to find yourself facing that puberty acne phase all over again.

9. Glow

A pregnant woman with glowing skin

Pregnancy produces more oil due to increased hormone levels. This can make your skin oily, making the pregnancy ‘glow’ more visible. During the second trimester, an increased flow of blood will bring more blood to the surface of the skin, making you look dewy and glowing.

10. Sensitive Skin

You could also suddenly find your skin becoming more sensitive to the products you’ve always used. Do not be surprised if you see your face turning red or going dry after using certain products. Try to stick to natural products to avoid any further complications.

11. Freckles and Moles

Similar to the brown patches due to pigmentation, increased levels of progesterone and estrogen could cause melanin cells in your skin to build more pigment. This could lead to the freckles and moles on your face to look even darker.

12. Calcium Deposits

Little calcium deposits around the delicate folds of your eyes, known as milk spots, will also be visible. There is no particular reason for their appearance, but they do fade away with time. However, these are rare.

While these changes may not always be in your control, there are simple ways in which you can curb them as and when they crop up.

  1. Use organic products for your face as much as possible, as chemical-laden products may aggravate your condition.
  2. Keep yourself hydrated at all times to reduce the frequency of the occurrence of problems like acne.
  3. Stop the use of products immediately if they do not suit you.
  4. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that is rich in all kinds of micro and macronutrients.
  5. Get plenty of exercise.
  6. Bathe regularly.
  7. If you sense that the problem is unusual, seek the help of a doctor.

Although these changes can be a little overwhelming, there is nothing to worry about as most of these changes disappear post-delivery. The upside of bearing these changes is that this bundle of joy will be in this world in a few months’ time. One glimpse and all these problems will become insignificant.

Resources and References: American Pregnancy Association

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