Skin Pigmentation During Pregnancy

skin pigmentation during pregnancy

Pigmented me at 8th month of pregnancy

Soon after the confirmation of my pregnancy and after all the must-do phone calls I had a pretty perfect picture of my pregnancy phase. Thanks to my all Bollywood-dreamy-mind I used to think of a future me – Β as a heavily pregnant mom in pink maternity wear(yes all pink) with goregeous glowy skin and superb shiny hair. But the reality was a far cry πŸ™ . This post is about my skin pigmentation during pregnancy.

My Skin Pigmentation During Pregnancy:

  • By the end of the first trimester , I had dark patches and pigmentation in my face and body. Brown patches appeared in my neck , cheeks and forehead . Those patches are called as Chloasma which is produced by body when it makes extra melanin to protect the skin against ultraviolet light.
  • It is believed that folic acid and foods rich in folic acid can reduce the effect of pigementation.

  • My skin appeared so tanned as if I am just back from a sunbath in Africa πŸ˜›
  • During the second trimester , a dark vertical line appeared down the middle of my tummy that crossed my Β navel too. It is termed as linea nigra which appears due to hormone changes .

What I Did for the Skin Pigmentation?

I didn’t use any creams or lotions during pregnancy phase though I wanted to use sunscreen but never used it. But ideally I should have used a good sunscreen and a mild cleanser to take care of my skin at that time πŸ™ . Please talk to your gyno about safe sun blocks which could be used during pregnancy phase

From 7th month I started doing oil massages with dhanwantara kuzhambu followed by warm water baths which helped me alot against leg cramps and tiredness.

Post baby , my dark pigmentation and blotches went off on its own. After a few months I realised that the linea nigra has also disappeared. My skin complexion returned πŸ™‚

If you are facing the skin pigmentation during pregnancy, take a chill pill no need to worry. If you feel burning sensations / rashes please consult your doc asap.

Did you have skin pigmentation during pregnancy ? How about your pregnancy phase ? Please share it with us πŸ™‚


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Sangeetha loves balancing her personal and professional life. These days, the major chunk of her time is spent on listening to 'how to beat the Piggy from robloks'; thanks to her 8 year old daughter.


  1. Even, my face got a little dull during pregnancy phase but there were certain days when it was so glowy-glowy, my hairfall had reduced and it was equal to NIL. I didn’t use any kinds of creams or lotions only because I was too lazy to use them πŸ˜‰ and I had that so-called Linea Nigra but never knew that this is what its called πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thanks for the info Sangee…..

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