Summer Pregnancy Survival Guide

Summer Pregnancy Skincare Issues

During a summer pregnancy, women need to be vigilant about skincare as their delicate skin is more susceptible to sun damage.

Dark Spots and Patches

When you are pregnant, melanin -- responsible for brownish colored patches on women's forehead, cheeks, upper chest, and above the upper lip -- responds to hormonal changes. This change occurs primarily among brunettes and darker-skinned women.

Prevent this from developing by keeping your face and upper chest away from tanning lamps and excessive sunlight.

Protect your skin by applying sunscreen multiple times a day, and wearing hats, especially those with wide brims that cover your face and neck.

Dry, Itchy Skin

Stretched skin caused by pregnancy weight gain is already dry, and summer heat and sun may sap your skin of needed moisture.

Prevent itchiness by using moisturizing shower products and applying lotions immediately following a shower or bath.

Protect and soothe the itch by soaking in a warm bath with oatmeal. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe an over-the-counter anti-itch cream.

Heat Rash

Miliaria, or prickly heat rash, can be caused by both heat and sweat. It typically occurs where two skin surfaces have touched or rubbed, such as beneath your breasts.

Prevent the rash by patting the area between skin folds dry immediately following a bath or shower. Also wear lighter fabrics, such as cotton that will not cling to your body.

Protect the rash if it begins to cause pain or discomfort, by asking your doctor about prescribing a medicated lotion or powder.

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