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Avoiding a Pregnancy Mask

Avoiding a Pregnancy MaskAs many as 50% of women will experience some level of skin discoloration during pregnancy due to those necessary, but oh-so-pesky hormonal changes that are occurring in their bodies. Known as the “mask of pregnancy” or more officially as chloasma, the splashes of darkened skin most often appear on the forehead, nose and cheeks in what looks like a mask. Don’t worry, it doesn’t last forever, and isn’t hurting you.

Still, plenty of women would like to minimize the discoloration because, let’s face it, no one wants to look like a raccoon if they can help it. There are a few things you can do to help keep the discoloration to a minimum.

Folic Acid

Eating foods with plenty of folic acid can help. You’re getting additional folic acid in your prenatal vitamins, but it’s important to eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, and whole grains to ensure you are avoiding a folate deficiency.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Since sunlight can intensify the discoloration, the best advice is to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Wear sunscreen and a hat that protects your face, and long sleeves are a good idea if you have a sensitive complexion or if you’re spending the day at the beach or in the snow, where the sun’s reflection can intense.

Cosmetic Concealers

You can use a cosmetic concealer to help cover darker spots, but pregnancy is not the time to get your skin bleached, or indulge in a chemical treatment of any kind. Just take care to eat well, take your prenatal vitamins and try to avoid the sun. And if you do develop the “mask of pregnancy” you can rest assured that it will fade within a few months of giving birth.

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