Not Everyone Gets The Infamous ‘Pregnancy Glow’ – Here’s What To Do If That’s You

There are lots of things we’re told about pregnancy, but when it actually happens to you, you realise there’s so much more to learn. In Unexpected, we’ll chart some of the less spoken about things that happen in the months between finding out you’re pregnant and giving birth.

One thing many expectant mothers look forward to in pregnancy is the arrival of the so-called pregnancy glow – fresh, dewy skin that quite literally makes you look like sun beams are coming from your face.

But sadly it’s a bit of a myth that everyone gets it. “Some women definitely do find their skin is better during pregnancy,” Dr Emma Wedgeworth, a consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, tells HuffPost UK. “This is because blood flow to the skin and circulating growth factors both increase during pregnancy, which I think is the likely explanation for this ‘glow’.”

But anecdotally, she says these women are very much in the minority.

“For many women during pregnancy, the skin can be troublesome or feel dull,” she says. Tiredness, poor sleep, dietary changes can all contribute to this – not to mention the fact your hormones are going haywire.

Pregnant people are more likely to encounter skin issues like pigmentation, dullness, dryness, enlarged pores, redness, congestion and blemishes. All in all, not a glowing line up.

If you’re one of the lucky few to get that pregnancy glow, grasp it with both hands. For the rest of us, here are some of the most common skin changes during pregnancy and what – if anything – you can do about it.

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