While you are pregnant it is normal to get stretch marks on your belly. Stretch marks may also appear on your breasts, hip and buttocks. The stretch marks on the belly and lower body parts appear as your skin stretches to make room for the baby’s growth. Your breasts too, get enlarged to prepare for breast feeding, which is why stretch marks are common on breasts also.
These stretch marks may turn red, brown or even purple but these usually fade away slowly and will not be noticeable few months after your baby is born.
Stretch marks cannot be avoided completely but by keeping the skin moisturized, using edible coconut oil or pure almond oil, the appearance of stretch marks can be limited. Avoid gaining too much of weight during pregnancy and the risk of forming stretch marks will minimize.
Apart from stretch marks, pregnancy may have other effects on your skin because of the change your body’s hormone levels. You may see brownish or yellowish marks appearing around your eyes, cheeks and nose. This is often called “mask of pregnancy” or chloasma. There is also a chance of appearance of the linea nigra, which is a dark line on the middle portion of your lower abdomen.
These changes can be prevented by protecting yourself from the sun. Try to wear hats and clothes that protect your body parts from direct sunlight. These changes too usually fade away within months after your baby is born.
You may experience increased hair and nail growth as well as thicker and shinier hair during your pregnancy. However, it is also quite possible to experience the opposite. You may find dryness, breakage and loss of hair. Hair loss is a normal phenomenon during pregnancy and you may lose some hair after delivery. But with time, your hair will return to the way it was before your pregnancy.
There is a slight possibility of developing itchy rashes during the third trimester of pregnancy. Initially, these rashes grow on the belly, but it can spread to your thighs and arms. In case, the itchiness becomes unbearable, consult your gynaecologist or a dermatologist. The doctor will suggest suitable soothing lotion or ointment to provide relief.