Post-Pregnancy Body Changes

Skin Discoloration

When: Up to or longer than a year after delivery

Why: During pregnancy, most women will experience hyper-pigmentation, such as a linea nigra (the line that runs down your belly) or melasma (darker pigmentation on your face) in some form, both of which are caused by an increase in estrogen, experts believe. After delivery, these lines will fade, Dr. Harms says, but they do so slowly and may never disappear entirely. Your best bet: prevention. "These lines can be reawakened with sun exposure, so I recommend an SPF of 30 or higher," Dr. Harms says.



Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the March 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.


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