Welcome back to the pregnancy diaries series. While I have no thoughts about a second pregnancy myself, I didn’t want this blog to simply move into toddler land as Pip grows up. It is about surviving motherhood and that includes pregnancy and the new baby days. Suzie (Pitter Patter) and A (One Half Of Us) will be sharing some posts about pregnancy and planning for a baby. Their guest posts will be a mixture of the philosophical and practical.
This has to be, for me, one of the most frustrating things about pregnancy. Please don’t misunderstand me – I’m loving being pregnant and have had an easy, problem-free pregnancy so far for which I am forever grateful. But I was not really prepared for just how crappy my skin would be.
I was expecting that becoming pregnant would herald the start of that famous ‘pregnancy glow’ – where women seem to bloom, their skin radiating health and vitality.
It hasn’t arrived.
Instead the skin on my face is dry, sore and itchy – but unwilling to be moisturised, as then I have (even more) spots than I would if I let it be sore and dry. Sounds great, yes? I really don’t know what to do with it. I have always had…shall we say…temperamental skin. Hormone changes, stress levels, too many late nights, a few days of eating junk, will all negatively affect my skin. You’d think by the age of 31 this might have improved, but evidently not.
Just before becoming pregnant, my skin was pretty good – I had a routine that I liked – a hot cloth cleanser and heavy-duty moisturiser at night and a foamy facewash and light blemish-preventing moisturiser in the morning. Now, I barely manage to squeeze some moisturiser onto my most wrinkle-prone areas – if it goes anywhere else, I will have spots there the next day.
I’m still cleansing as I was, but don’t tend to moisturise afterwards. I know this is bad – I can FEEL that this is bad as my skin feels papery and dry, as well as being quite angry and blotchy.
I don’t wear masses of makeup – with my skin being dry, I can’t wear proper foundation as it will go all cakey. I just wear some concealer to hide the spots as best I can and some powder foundation to even things out a bit.
I should have known that my hormones would react like this really – this awesome little boy that I am growing inside me is clearly wreaking havoc with them and they are choosing to punish me in the way they might punish a 14 year old at her time of the month!
I don’t really feel it’s something I can go to the doctor about either. I wouldn’t describe the spots as acne per se, and as long as my baby is healthy and my pregnancy is progressing well, then I know I shouldn’t really be affected by a few spots. But it does get me down.
I do think it’s a bit unfair too. I eat fairly well, drink gallons of water and always take my make-up off no matter what. I’m sure I must be due some good skin at some point in my life. It must be my turn for some lovely dewy fresh-faced looking skin soon…surely?
But in the meantime, if anyone has any ideas of things I can do, products I could try…or even just any reassurance that it will go back to normal after baby arrives, I’d be very grateful.