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Morning sickness, heartburn, and insomnia may be annoying, but some pregnancy symptoms actually make you look bad. What are the most common beauty concerns during pregnancy?

Acne

Pregnancy acne is one of the most well-known beauty problems in pregnancy. Breaking out in spots happens during the earliest stages of the first trimester for many women, and acne may even be your very pregnancy symptom. Pregnancy hormones are responsible for breakouts and acne. Washing with a gentle soap twice a day is a good way to try to calm the acne down. If your pregnancy acne is very severe, and you would like to use medicated creams or oral acne medication, talk to your OBGYN first because many acne medications are very dangerous during pregnancy.

Stretch marks

Unlike pregnancy acne, stretch marks stick around forever. At least 50 percent of pregnant women will earn some "battle scars", on their abdomen, buttocks, breasts, upper legs, or all of those! Though there is some indication that keeping the outer layer of the skin hydrated can slow stretch marks down, women who faithfully use stretch mark creams are not immune from getting them at all. The good news is that those dark purple lines do fade into white silvery ones, and you won't even notice you have them anymore after a few years. That's not because they are no longer visible, but because you will grow used to them. :)

Water retention

Water retention, also called edema, is another very common pregnancy symptom that doesn't exactly look charming. The ankles, hands, and face are common targets for water retention. Edema is due to the fact that your body is pumping more blood around. It can be minimized by keeping well hydrated, taking plenty of rest, and wearing comfortable shoes and supportive tights (unless you're pregnant in the middle of the summer, in which case you'd boil!). It is important for women who have pregnancy edema to cut back on their salt intake, as salt contributes to water retention.

Hair changes

The pregnancy hormone progesterone changes your hair growth cycle. Many expectant moms will notice that they have a thick, shiny head of hair all of a sudden. You may be proud of your new tresses, but they won't last don't be surprised when your extra hair starts falling out at three to six months postpartum. You are not going bold! Instead, your hair is just returning to its normal, non-pregnant condition.

Pregnancy mask

The so-called "pregnancy mask" is an even weirder occurring than the hair changes and stretch marks. Its official name is chloasma, but it's easy to understand why everyone calls this phenomenon a pregnancy mask it involves darker pigment around the forehead, nose, and cheeks. The pregnancy mask can look just like a real mask, actually! Chloasma is caused by pregnancy hormones just like everything else that happens to you during these nine months. Thankfully, it tends to fade away within a few months of giving birth.

Linea negra

The linea negra is another beauty issue during pregnancy. It is literally a dark line that runs vertically across the abdomen, fro, the belly button downward. Around 75 percent of all moms-to-be are affected by the linea negra, but fair skinned women are less likely to get it than darker ones. Like the pregnancy mask, a linea negra does go away again after pregnancy.

Weight gain

Is pregnancy weight gain a beauty concern, or a sign that your pregnancy is developing in a normal and healthy manner? Many women are worried about how much they gain while they are expecting and how soon they will be able to9 shed those pregnancy pounds after their baby arrives. Eating a responsible, varied diet that doesn't have too many processed and sugary foods will help you keep your pregnancy weight gain healthy.

Dental problems

Periodontal disease and pregnancy gingivitis are two dental problems that frequently crop up during pregnancy. Both look bad, and can be seen as beauty concerns. Progesterone is the culprit once again, but periodontal disease can induce preterm labor and needs to be taken very seriously it's a health problem more than an aesthetic one. pregnancy gingivitis, or bleeding gums, can be prevented with a thorough dental hygiene program that doesn't give bacteria a chance. Bleeding gums are still a problem for most pregnant women at some point or another, unfortunately. Talk to your dentist for more information.

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