When you are pregnant, there is a multitude of changes that you expect. Growing belly, swollen hands and feet, and enlarged breasts getting ready for breastfeeding are some physical changes that a pregnant woman could expect through her trimesters. Very rarely do we expect our pregnancy to bring about some unwarranted changes to our face. Barring the rosy glow that lights up your face during the first trimester making everyone gush that the stork is going to visit soon, your face could experience some drastic changes. The increase in hormone production, the surge in blood flow and the likelihood of side effects of any medication that you may need to take could have its effect on your face and the skin. Here are some changes that you could expect on your face as you progress through the different phases of pregnancy.
13 Ways Pregnancy Can Change Your Face
It is a given that you are aware of the changes your body will undergo during pregnancy—hips growing larger, breasts becoming bigger and belly becoming rounder. However, all the action need not necessarily take place below the neck. Your face could experience some drastic changes too, making you look entirely different during the nine months. So what exactly happens and what changes can you expect in your face when pregnant? Read on to find out more.
1. Swollen Nose
Increased circulation of blood to your mucous membranes causes your nose to swell up during pregnancy. Blame it on the increased production of oestrogen. 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 tan or 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
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 also the fatigue of carrying your entire body weight.
4. Swelling of Face
Swelling of the hand and feet are quite common during pregnancy. Well, your face will get rounder and chubbier too. You may well feel that you look like a younger version of yourself. But the good news is that the plumpness will fade away post-delivery. Swelling of the face, if painful or abnormal, could be an indication of preeclampsia, and you must consult the doctor at the first instance.
5. Eyelash and Eyebrow loss
You would least expect this, but you could experience loss of eyelashes and thinning of eyebrows during pregnancy. This is common when your diet does not include adequate protein content, a vitamin deficiency or thyroid malfunction.
6. Skin Redness
Carrying all that extra weight could increase your blood pressure which in turn affects your skin tone. Your facial skin will tend to look increasingly red throughout your pregnancy.
7. Broken Capillaries
Hormones could also cause those ghastly looking red spider veins on your face running all over your forehead and cheeks. Medically known as broken capillaries, these are one of the common facial changes during early pregnancy. Again they are a result of the increased hormones in your body which has a softening effect on the blood vessels, thus ruining that wonderful glow off your face.
Your face breaking out during early pregnancy is not that uncommon. Those 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.
Pregnancy produces more oil due to increased hormone levels. This can make your facial skin oily, and this pregnancy “glow” will be clearly visible. A bright side to the facial skin changes during pregnancy, during the second trimester, is an increased flow of blood will bring more blood to the surface and make you look shiny and glowy.
10. Sensitive Skin
You could suddenly find your skin becoming sensitive to the products you always used. Do not be surprised if you see your face turning red or experience dryness of skin after using some skin products. Try to stick to natural products to avoid any further complications.
11. Freckles and Moles
12. Calcium Deposits
If bags under your eyes are causing distress, then calcium deposits known as milk spots could be visible around the delicate folds under the eye. There is no particular reason for their appearance but they do fade away with time.
13. Facial Hair
Yes, you heard it right. You might see hair erupting all over your face especially your forehead, ears and even your chin. It is quite common for women to sprout a facial beard due to pregnancy-induced testosterone. New hair could also appear along your hairline which will seem to curl up all the time.
Although these changes may make you feel daunted, there is a lot more to look forward to. Most of these changes disappear post-delivery. The upside of bearing all of this is the bundle of joy that will be looking at you in a few months’ time. One glimpse and all these uncomfortable changes will pale into insignificance.