Acne? ‘Elephant’ nose? Chloasma? Yes, your body may go through a lot more changes post-baby. Here’s how to cope.
- Postpartum Acne This is caused by the fluctuation in hormones, stress and dehydration that your body goes through immediately after childbirth. Those who experienced severe acne as a teen or are generally acne-proned are said to have higher chances of experiencing postpartum acne as compared to those who weren’t acne prone.What you can do: Cleanse your skin but do not over wash. Use a gentle face wash and a water-based moisturiser if you have dry skin. Stay away from acne triggering foods such as iodine, peanuts, soy and dairy. Substitute dairy with green leafy vegetables
- ‘Elephant’ Nose Some women experience enlargement of the nose. This is common during pregnancy due to the increase in estrogen levels that helps blood to flow to the mucous membrane, thus making your nose plump.What you can do: Be patient and do not worry excessively. Focus on your recovery as the enlarged nose would return to normal and permanent nasal changes are rare.
- Mask of Pregnancy If you have blotchy areas of darkened skin or have brown, tan or blue-grey spot on your face during pregnancy, no worries! You are most likely experiencing the mask of pregnancy (Chloasma or Melisma Gradivarum) caused by the hormonal changes that temporary increases your body’s production of melanin.What you can do: Use a sunscreen with high SPF and apply it to the whole face. Avoid irritating the facial skin. Do not use strong soaps or abrasive cleaners but only a mild soap or cleanser for washing.
- Varicose & Spider Veins These are swollen blue or purple veins that may bulge near the surface of the skin. They can appear as squiggly veins on the thighs, back of the calves, inside of the leg and buttocks. Spider veins are tiny blood vessels that appear in a spider- or sunburst-like pattern with little branches radiating out from the centre.What you can do: Use compression leggings or stockings to stop the swelling or elevate your feet and legs using a stool, box, or bed wedge to reduce acid reflux.
- Postpartum Edema It is also known as swelling or water retention that leaves you sore for a few days and very tired for several weeks. It might take you four to six weeks to feel like yourself again and even longer time if you have had a caesarean section.What you can do: Stay hydrated and get ample rest. Maintain a healthy diet and avoid consuming processed and junk food. Do light exercises (brisk walking) and elevate your feet
What are some other postpartum woes you’ve encountered or know about? Comment down below!