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Thread: Pregnancy and PostPartum Body Thread

  1. #11
    Melasma Reference: http://www.babycenter.com/0_skin-darkening-during-pregnancy_222.bc It is common for pregnant women to develop blotchy areas of darkened skin, commonly called the mask of pregnancy (but officially known as chloasma or melasma gravidarum). Women with darker complexions are more prone to this condition than women with lighter skin. You're also more likely to develop chloasma if it runs in your family. The effects of chloasma may become more pronounced with each pregnancy. The splotches can show up around your upper lip, nose, cheekbones, and forehead, sometimes in the shape of a mask. They may also appear on your cheeks or along your jawline. You may develop dark patches on your forearms and other parts of your body that are exposed to the sun. What's more, you may find that skin that is already more pigmented – such as your nipples, freckles, scars, and the skin of your genitals – becomes even darker during pregnancy. This also tends to happen in areas prone to friction, such as your underarms and inner thighs. These changes may be triggered by hormonal changes during pregnancy, which stimulate a temporary increase in your body's production of melanin, the natural substance that gives color to hair, skin, and eyes. Sun exposure plays a role, too. The areas of increased pigmentation will probably fade within a few months after delivery and your skin should return to its normal shade, although in some women the changes never completely disappear. What about this dark line running down my belly? It's called the linea nigra. Before pregnancy, there was a line called the linea alba running from your belly button to your pubic bone. You probably didn't notice it, though, because it was the same color as the rest of your skin. The same increased production of melanin that causes facial splotches is responsible for darkening this line on your belly. It will probably fade back to its pre-pregnant color several months after you deliver your baby. Can I do anything to prevent skin discoloration during pregnancy? Skin pigmentation changes usually disappear on their own after delivery, but you can do a few things to safely minimize them in the meantime: Protect yourself from the sun. This is crucial because exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays intensifies pigment changes. Use a broad-spectrum sunblock (a formula that protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with SPF 30 or higher every day, whether it's sunny or not, and reapply often during the course of the day if you're outside. In fact, even if you don't plan to leave the house or spend much time outside, make applying sun protection part of your morning routine. The American Academy of Dermatology cautions that your skin is exposed to a significant amount of UV light when you do things like walk down the street, ride in a car, or even sit inside near a window. When you're outside, cover up and wear a hat with a brim, as well as a shirt with long sleeves if you have pigmentation changes on your arms. Limit the time you spend in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. And definitely avoid tanning salons. Use gentle cleansers and facial creams. Preparations that irritate your skin may make the problem worse. Apply a concealing makeup. If the pigmentation changes bother you, cover them up for now – don't use skin-bleaching products while you're pregnant. The changes may go away on their own after you give birth. What about after my pregnancy? After you have your baby, continue to protect your skin from the sun! Use sunscreen, cover up, and stay out of the sun at midday. In most cases, the discolorations will slowly fade without any treatment. For a small number of women, however, contraceptives that contain estrogen (such as the Pill, the patch, and the vaginal ring) can contribute to chloasma. If the skin changes are bothersome, consider another birth control option. If your skin is still blotchy after a few months and it's bothering you, talk to your practitioner or a dermatologist about treatment options. She may suggest using a bleaching cream that contains hydroquinone (some of which also contain sunscreen), a topical medication that contains tretinoin (Retin-A), or a chemical peel such as glycolic acid. Of course, if you're breastfeeding or plan on becoming pregnant again soon, be sure to let your practitioners know and also check in before using any over-the-counter treatments. Don't expect instant results – it may take many months to see improvement. In rare cases, dermatologists can use laser treatments to lighten the darkened skin, but that's not the first option. Whatever approach you take, it's crucial to continue protecting yourself from the sun during treatment and afterward.

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    Hooray to ALL the mama's and the sacrifices we make for our children ..........do not loose hope that your body will forever change. There is hope, it will go back to how it once was, but it does take time. Breastfeeding is one way to speed up the process because breastfeeding makes your uterus contract. Drink plenty of water, exercise (even if it's just a 20 min walk) and try to eat small meals throughout the day. As for stretch marks..........they will fade over time. They start out purple/blueish and will eventually fade to your skin tone. Keep them moisturized, shea butter is awesome for stretch marks. Will they ever go away completely..........I'm afraid not. But this doesn't mean they won't fade, they will, and they may not be noticeable a year from now. I never experienced melasma, during or after pregnancy, but do know, if you are taking birth control melasma is a MAJOR SIDE EFFECT. So talk to your Dr about other options, so many these days!! Don't loose hope, your body will bounce back, it just will take some time. So enjoy your little one, be proud to be a mama, and the rest will follow
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    My personal advise, GIVE YOURSELF TIME AT LEAST A YEAR AND I WON'T SUGGEST DURING THAT TIME TO DO SKIN LIGHTENING ETC. Just use a good natural oil, drink water(NO ALCOHOL), AND WHAT HELPED ME WAS NOT EXPENSIVE GYMS BUT SIMPLY *DANCING* DANCE FOR YOUR LIFE AT HOME ALONE,IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR 30MIN. Per day!! My body today no one can imagine am a mother, I used to be skinny, am back on it, my tummy some girls at the university in their early 20's can hold the candle for me! Zero stretch marks etc. The only thing I have is my c- scar, but you know what that is now part of me, it doesn't look nice but WHATEVER, it's soft because of the avocado oil I use on it. The love to my child and the joy he gave me in the past 10Years are worthy all the body changes!!

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    a very much needed thread this.. il go my first time with more fact than myth.. thank you ever so!

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    Great to see you here gymmie!x
    Quote Originally Posted by Teesh View Post
    a very much needed thread this.. il go my first time with more fact than myth.. thank you ever so!
    Yes oo fact and experience here on this thread, so u'll be fully prepared lol

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    Have black stretch marks on my waist its so annoying. My body weight is back to normal, but tummy isnt as firm as it used to be.

  9. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Excess View Post
    Have black stretch marks on my waist its so annoying. My body weight is back to normal, but tummy isnt as firm as it used to be.
    yes exactly the same here!
    my whole core area, front to back was dark/purplish when i had my baby
    its been a year now and the front has blended in although the stretch marks are still visible, even the skins elasticity is not the same
    but the back is still darkish colour. i think because i focused my butters and oils mainly on where i could see!

    im actually using the ItWorks Stretch Marks Cream
    I have also used 2 wraps and the defining gel

  10. #18
    Had like a zillion stretch marks on my tummy and hip from pregnancy, they where pure black. A year now and they are really faded, i thought my body was ruined for life. i think what really helped fade them was bath mitt, i would scrub the stretch mark areas counting to 50 while in the shower, then apply a vitaminC toner (i use l'oreal age perfect), and now you have to look quite close to see them.

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    What is everyone using after having a baby? Skincare product?

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    My body is wrecked... I remember looking at really bad pictures on google when I started to get stretch marks on my legs and thought that was it. Well I ended up worse than those pictures that shocked me. I cannot believe this is my body. The stretch marks may fade but there are so many and so thick and close together I will look rippled. My over all skin is looser, my stomach is a shade darker than the rest of my body and not loose but actually baggy. My nipples look twice the size with the hormonal pigment. I'm 22, was 21 the majority of pregnancy, and it's been 8 weeks. I'm not with the father anymore and don't know how I'll ever show my body to another man. Id do it all again for she is worth it but it gets me down when I think of myself or the future.

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