Pregnancy acne

 

Ah, zits. Pimples. Crater face. I think we all know the names for acne. And no one likes it.
I have been a sufferer of acne since I hit puberty. I hated it and for years, nothing worked. When I went on the pill, my acne cleared up. It was like some sort of miracle. It was then that I realised that my acne was hormonal.

When I fell pregnant with my first baby, the acne was absolutely shocking. Face, back, chest… everywhere. And oily! I was, well you could say scared, because I didn’t know what I was going to do to control it. While I use the normal Clean and Clear face scrub, I have heard rumors around the grape vine that these are bad when you are pregnant. While I don’t know the extent of these, I will be discussing this with my Ob at my next appointment.

My acne hasn’t cleared up with this pregnancy, however it is marginally better than last time.
I have decided to expand on my knowledge on simple ways to help lessen the severity of acne.Β  While some of these are common knowledge, some surprised me!

  1. Drink plenty of water. Not only is this good for you in general, it is healthy for bubs, keeps your urinary tract flushed to help prevent UTI’s. Cut out soft drink and high sugar content foods.
  2. Eat healthy. The benefits of this is obvious. Cut out processed foods, and eat foods high in antioxidants.
  3. Moisturise. It may be the last thing you want to be doing if you have oily skin like me. However, moisturised skin secretes less oil, as it is hydrated. As long as you use a moisturiser that doesn’t clog your pores.
  4. Lay off the makeup. I know…. we use this to hide our acne. But it actually is clogging our pores. There are certain brands and types of makeup that are better than others at keeping our skin fresh. Ultimately, you need to keep your skin fresh as often as possible. Personally, I only put makeup on when I leave the house, then I wipe it off as soon as I get home. I find this to work in reducing the severity of pimples.
  5. Wash your face. Twice a day if needed, with a deep cleaning scrub or cleanser. This helps to remove any excess oils and dirt that will cause pimples, on top of our hormonal ones.
  6. Do not squeeze, pick at or touch your pimples. I know how tempting it is to squeeze that massive white head that has erupted on your chin over night, but resist. I cannot stress this enough. You can easily spread the acne causing bacteria, and scar your face.

Do you have any tips for reducing the severity of pregnancy acne? And for all those who have the ‘glowing pregnancy skin’… We are all so envious of you.

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Pregnancy Insomnia

I unfortunately am a sufferer of pregnancy insomnia. I had it with my first pregnancy too, but this time around it feels worse.
All I want to do is sleep, but I can’t. I lay in bed tossing and turning, trying to fall asleep. It’s horrible. And then when I do fall asleep, I need to pee!

Don’t get me wrong, I love that I am pregnant… but somethings are just annoying!

So I have done some research into ways to beat the dreaded insomnia, and this is what I have come up with. You can find full article on Baby Center, here

What you can do about it

  • Start winding down before bed with some sort of soothing ritual. Take a warm bath, have a cup of chamomile tea, listen to quiet music, ask your partner to rub your feet – whatever helps you relax.
  • Once you’re in bed, progressive muscle relaxation or guided imagery can help you sink into sleep.
  • Make sure your room is a comfortable temperature for sleeping. Is it dark and quiet enough? Heavy or dark-colored curtains can help keep out unwanted light, and sound machines can help mask the drone of traffic with white noise.

If you aren’t asleep 20 to 30 minutes after getting into bed, get up and go into another room. Read a magazine or listen to music until you feel drowsy, and then get back in bed.

Remember, insomnia can be a serious medical condition. If you feel that nothing is working, please discuss your concerns with a health care professional for further advice.