Post-Pregnancy: Skin Problems Faced by New Moms

After having a baby, you might notice fairly quickly that the glow you have while pregnant is now gone leaving your skin dry, flaky and dull. This is a normal condition suffered by new mothers or second time moms. Believe it or not the stress of pregnancy and now dealing with a newborn is just beginning to leave its trail of destruction on your skin.

Common Skin Problems

Pregnant and new mothers suffer from common skin problems. One of them is puffy eyes caused by late nights and fatigue. Breastfeeding, for instance, can take its toll on the skin and the eyes are always the first to be affected. Dark circles are signs of sleepless nights tending to a newborn. Another skin problem that post-pregnancy brings is dry skin which is not only caused by sugar and caffeine fixes to stay energized but also by harsh soaps, shampoos and hot showers that deprive the skin of emollients and oils. Fine lines and wrinkles may start to appear due to exhaustion. Let us face it, pregnancy is heaven compared to the real work that’s going to start once the baby is out. And finally, you might also experience pigmentation or dark spots that appear on the epidermis.

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Treatment Plan

The good thing about these skin problems is that there is something you can do about them. A combination treatment plan and therapy will work best in managing skin issues. For example, we do know that eye bags and dark circles are caused by ‘fluid retention’ so drinking lots of liquids can help. It is also best to keep yourself hydrated especially if you are expressing milk or breastfeeding. There are also store-bought eye creams that get good reviews to help relieve tired eyes and put back the sparkle in them. Look for eye creams that have vitamin C and antioxidants.

You can reduce dry, flaky skin by drinking lots of water, avoiding hot showers and harsh cleansers and moisturizing. In choosing moisturizers and lotions, go for hypoallergenic products that are rich in hyaluronic acid to fix the skin barrier and retain moisture. Add flaxseed and fish oil to your diet or take them as supplements.

For melasma or skin pigmentation, there are over-the-counter products that you can get to lighten dark spots. If buying products for skin discoloration, look for active ingredients such hydroquinone, kojic acid, retinoic, lactic and citric acid or salicylic acid combo to correct dark spots.

Lines and wrinkles are mainly caused by raging hormones and tiredness. Buy products that contain helpful ingredients such as niacinamide (vitamin B3). It reduces water loss and may improve the elasticity of the skin. Note that these products will not solve every skin issue and they are not overnight miracle workers. Getting adequate rest, eating a balanced diet, keeping skin clean & hydrated as well as using sunscreen are equally important.

Recovering Yourself after Becoming a Mum

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Having children, whether naturally, by adoption or blending a family, is a trying period. With any of these options chances are you are becoming a mother for the first time. There’s a huge learning curve period and you’re apt to lose yourself in the bliss of new-parenthood. If there are step-children involved figuring out what your new role is and where these children fit in to your family can be exhausting. It’s important to remember that you are a person and that you have your own thoughts and needs.

One of the many things women forget about when they become mums is their own sense of self. Our lives get so wrapped up in our children and our families that we forget about what we want and need. There are so many aspects of our existence that change when we have children. What makes us tick, what makes us a human being. If children come into your life at a young age one of the first things to go for any mum is her style. Trendy clothes are replaced with comfortable clothes that are allowed to be stained. High-heeled shoes hit the back of the closet in exchange for flats and trainers.

Our bodies go through many changes after having children. If you have children naturally there are a whole host of hormones that run rampant through your body. Your cycle is thrown off; your breasts grow, shrink and sometimes grow again. Skin sags that never used to sag before. You’ve got stretch marks in places you didn’t even know you could get stretch marks. You should always love your body just the way it is, but this is a time when many mothers start to question their bodies. Even the parts of us that aren’t affected by childbirth get scrutinized. Your body has undergone an intense change and that’s okay.

Receiving plastic surgery after childbirth is not uncommon. Many women get breast enhancements or reductions after the hormones have finally found their way out of the blood. Some women get tummy tucks. Some women go so far as to undergo rhinoplasty because maybe they’ve always hated their nose. This is a great time to change those things and help them re-identify themselves.

When considering plastic surgery you need to look at the entire picture. Recovery time, finding a reputable doctor, how the procedure works, which medications may be involved. Especially if you are considering a nose job, you should investigate rhinoplasty before and after and make sure that it is for you. This is your face; you will see it every day.

The important thing is to be happy with your decision, regardless of what it is. Be happy that you opted for surgery. Be happy that you opted out. This is the time to love your body and enjoy the way it looks. Love your scars and stretch marks or laser them away. While this is more costly than a new wardrobe, it definitely will last much longer.