Hormonal changes during pregnancy will also greatly affect your skin. In high quantities in your body, hormones responsible for pigmentation usually causes brownish blemishes on the face and neck region. Whether light or dark-skinned, the blemishes will be lighter than their natural complexion for black women. 

Even those who use sunscreen regularly aren’t completely out of the woods. The best course of action is to be twice as careful and vigilant – by using hats with longer rims when exposing yourself to the sun, for example – and using facial creams containing vitamins C and D. Before using these cosmetics, however, make sure to run it by your doctor as some may contain substances that can be harmful to pregnant women. However, there’s no need to worry: some of these blemishes will go away naturally months after birth. If the changes in pigmentation cause any sort of pain or redness or if you notice a change in the size of a beauty spot, contact your doctor immediately: those could be signs of a different problem, aside from the hormones. 

The dreaded stretch marks can be avoided by not gaining excessive weight during pregnancy, especially if the weight gain is sudden. The more the skin stretches, the higher the chances of getting stretch marks. If you’ve always taken the precautionary steps to hydrate yourself and your skin, the risk is lowered. Those with a more elastic skin (even if a little flaccid) hardly will get reddish marks – which become white after birth. 

The most vulnerable areas are the breasts, the butt, and the hips. With that in mind, use almond oil during the shower and, after you’ve dried off, go to town on creams containing urea, vitamin E, lanolin, and other oils. These products will help minimize the itchiness in susceptible areas.