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One thing that is certain during the pregnancy phase is the change in various physical, mental and physiological factors of a woman’s body. One prominent physical change that occurs is with moles. Moles tend to change in size, shape, texture and colour during pregnancy and this can be attributed to the various hormonal changes your body is undergoing during this period.
Identifying a change in your mole structure during this period can be tricky and hard but being aware of this change is important. Read on to know more about moles during pregnancy and how they’re caused, the risks involved and the changes.
What are Moles?
Moles are small blemishes or spots that are present on our bodies. Most moles are generally inherited from parents, i.e. they’re genetic. They occur when a lot of melanocyte cells cluster together. They are generally light brown or black in colour and can range from anywhere from 1 to 100 on an individual.
Moles can be bulged, flat, smooth or rough. They can also, in some cases, have hair growing on them.
What Causes Moles in Pregnancy?
If you notice your moles getting bigger during pregnancy,there are a few reasons behind this. During the gestation period, they tend to appear on the abdomen and breast areas, as these are the body parts that undergo a lot of change. Even existing moles tend to get bigger and darker. Some of the reasons that moles occur more prominently during pregnancy include:
- The changes are benign most of the time and occur mainly because of changes in the hormones and structure in your body.
- Freshly formed moles sometimes appear during pregnancy but they disappear as soon as you give birth.
- If there are asymmetrical moles on your body that change in size, colour or shape too often, then you will need to go ahead and get them checked.
Is Getting Moles During Pregnancy Harmful?
Moles occurring during pregnancy aren’t necessarily harmful. However, you need to look out for a few signs just in case and get your skin checked during this time to ensure that it is safe. Here is what you need to look out for:
- Some benign moles can change to malignant melanoma. Melanoma is a fast-growing black spot.
- If it occurs freshly or is already a pre-existing one that turns red and feels itchy or bleeds.
- Melanoma can be treated at an early stage where the malignancy is restricted to just the skin’s surface.
Is It Normal for a Mole To Change When Pregnant?
Melanoma occurring in women shows signs identical to that in non-pregnant women:
- If you have certain patches or spots that are changing shape and sizes frequently with bleeding or itching, then you need to get it checked.
- You can use the ABCDE rule to self-evaluate your moles whilst pregnant:
A – Asymmetry: Here, half of the mole’s shape does not match with the other half. Simply put, the mole’s shape is distorted and irregular.
B – Border: Here, the border or the edge of the mile is irregular, not defined, scalloped or rugged to look at.
C – Colour: Here, the colour of the mole is not the same throughout. The spot can vary in different shades such as white, red, brown, blue or black.
D – Diameter: In a situation where the diameter is bigger than 6mm, then the mole could be malignant. It can also be slightly smaller as well.
E- Elevated: Here, the mole is not flat-surfaced but is bulged, jutting out or elevated.
Do Pregnancy Moles Go Away
Pregnancy moles go away most of the times. If they’re still present a few weeks after childbirth and are hurting your body, you need to get it checked.
Thus, keep an eye out for the different moles that occur on your body’s surface during pregnancy. If they tend to hurt, get it checked before it gets malignant.