Pregnancy hormones can bring about changes to the skin, hair and nails. All of these changes are normal and will resolve soon after the birth of your baby:
- Higher levels of estrogen, progesterone and pigment-stimulating hormones can cause skin to darken somewhat on the breasts, genitals, armpits, inner thighs and sometimes on the face.
- Often, a dark line called the linea nigra appears along the midline of the abdomen, stretching from the pelvis to the ribcage.
- In rare cases, women develop small, slightly itchy rashes while expecting. This condition is called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), which can be quite uncomfortable.
- Some women notice more and darker hair on their face, arms and legs, while the hair on their scalp may be thinning, especially around the face.
- Nails may become brittle or form grooves.
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