A dermatologist explains why you may see skin tags, cherry angiomas, and changes to moles during pregnancy and what you can do about them.
When you're pregnant you may think that new things are popping up on your body every day. So I wanna tell you about a few of these common skin growths. Skin tags are basically a little outpouching of skin that occur most commonly in the armpits, the groin, and on the neck, and they're perfectly harmless. Many of them will fall off after you deliver, and the ones that don't can be easily snipped off by a dermatologist. Cherry angiomas are true to their name. They're red growths that are made up of little blood vessels. They're perfectly harmless, but they will bleed if you scratch them. They won't go away after delivery but can be easily treated by several lasers. And finally moles, it's controversial whether they grow or don't grow during pregnancy with some studies showing they do and some studies showing they don't. Personally I think moles can change during pregnancy because the hormones you're making can stimulate mole cells to grow and make pigment. What I tell my patients is this. If you think a mole has changed or you're worried about anything at all, please go see your dermatologist. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, but it's completely curable if caught early. So I always say be safe rather than sorry, and if you're nervous about something get it checked out.