When you’re pregnant, hormones, oil and an increase in blood flow deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the skin, creating that radiant pregnancy glow. This can also mean clearer skin, though sometimes you’ll experience more breakouts thanks to an increase in sebum production.
Melasma is also common during pregnancy - it’s so common it’s sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy - and it’s thought that 50% of pregnancy women experience it. This shows as dark patches, usually symmetrically on the face. Again, this is down to hormonal changes, though sun exposure can make it more visible.
You might find that any moles or skin tags on your body get bigger, or you suddenly have more than before too. Stretch marks can appear on your stomach, and around three quarters of women get a dark, vertical line starting at their belly button thanks to increased melanin production in the body.
Your skin can also get a little more sensitive while you’re pregnant. It isn’t just your skin care routine that you need to go gentle with either. You can experience more skin rashes and irritation from everyday things like jewellery, cleaning products or certain foods.