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Cassie Kreitner
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How to Prevent These 3 Common Pregnancy Skin Problems

Pregnancy-safe tips and products to keep skin changes in check.

For all the body changes that come with pregnancy, some are exciting (no periods, funny cravings and an increased libido, for starters)—others, not so much. And while many of these occur on the inside, extra blood flow and surging hormones can also bring these changes to the skin’s surface, causing issues like stretch marks, dryness or other irritations. Before you reach for your old standby skin care, take a look at the label. Since what goes on your skin can potentially travel into your bloodstream, there are specific ingredients you should definitely avoid while expecting, and others that you may choose to limit your exposure to, like parabens and phthalates. Below, check out our tips for safely treating a few common pregnancy-related skin issues, including products from Pipette that are EWG verified. That means they contain zero “chemicals of concern,” including parabens, phthalates and phenoxyethanol.

Pregnancy Problem: Dry and Itchy Skin

Your body’s working overtime to make sure you and baby both get plenty of nutrients. Since baby needs lots of fluids to develop properly, this can divert moisture away from your skin. That means the so-called “pregnancy glow” isn’t always a given, but you can help it along.

The Fix: Start with what you put into your body: Drink plenty of water (at least eight 8-ounce glasses daily is recommended) and steer clear of high-sodium foods. On the outside, a good moisturizer is key. Keeping your skin hydrated can help relieve the annoying itchy sensation that happens as your skin stretches over your growing belly. Apply a fast-absorbing moisturizer, like Pipette Belly Oil twice a day. (Hint: It works on more than just your stomach!) Ingredients like vitamin E and plant-derived squalane lock in moisture, while winter cherry extract and calendula help calm the skin to combat that dry, itchy feeling. (Just remember: Itchiness is normal and expected, but let your doctor know if a rash appears—this can be a sign of a more serious pregnancy condition.)

Pregnancy Problem: Stretch Marks

You’ll experience rapid growth during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters, which causes your skin to expand. Many women notice clusters of stretch marks that appear on their boobs, belly, thighs, hips and butt.

The Fix: The bad news is that stretch marks are typically genetic, and there’s not much you can do once you have them. The good news? Keeping your skin moisturized throughout your pregnancy may help it bounce back from stretching and tightness. Look for a product with naturally hydrating ingredients that can help maintain your skin’s elasticity, like Pipette Belly Butter. Shea butter and peptides may help prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks, while glycerin and other plant-derived ingredients work to attract and retain moisture.

Pregnancy Problem: Bigger, Sore Boobs

Breast discomfort is often one of the first early pregnancy signs women experience, and though it tends to fade after the first trimester, it can last throughout your pregnancy—and even after baby arrives. That’s because your boobs will likely grow several cup sizes as they expand to produce milk and prepare for breastfeeding.

The Fix: By the second trimester, bra shopping is on the to-do list of many moms-to-be. Get professionally fitted and look for maternity or nursing bras specifically designed to support your chest and back. To deal with the feeling of tightness as your boobs grow, there’s no need to buy a specialized breast cream—what works for your belly can work all over your body too. Both Pipette’s Belly Butter and Belly Oil can keep the sensitive skin on your boobs moisturized without causing irritation.

This article is sponsored by Pipette. Shop clean skin care for mom and baby at pipettebaby.com.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.