Sesante: Skin preparation tips for pregnancy

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By Dr. Dana R. Sesante

Women's World

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Dear Dr. Dana,

As an expectant mother for the first time, I feel blessed and excited. My husband is also very happy about the news. But I’m a little bit apprehensive because I’ve heard from my friends who already have babies that pregnancy is a time of rapid changes in a woman’s body.

I’m curious as to what these changes would be? How will I keep my stomach from having stretch marks after giving birth? I would like some advice from you regarding pregnancy and how to pamper and care for my skin. Thank you.

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Dear Marie Pauline,

Most expectant mothers consider that the child they conceive is a blessing from God. But during pregnancy, the skin becomes dry and sometimes irritating. It is particularly a stressful time for most women.

In order to keep the body in top condition, a pregnant woman needs to make adjustments in her daily skin care regime. It is advisable to use very gentle and chemical-free products to cleanse the skin. Start with a gentle cleanser and be sure to rinse it off liberally with warm water. Wash the skin no more than twice a day to prevent over drying.

Regarding your concern about stretch marks, the abdominal skin is under a great pressure during pregnancy. Caring for this area can be done with daily tummy massage. High-quality moisturizing lotion will also help keep your skin supple and elastic. It will help reduce the development of stretch marks.

Pregnancy is the time to pamper the body and get ready for the coming hectic days. Take every advantage to have massage, especially foot massage, and special skin care products. Remember to drink plenty of water, even if it means to have to visit the bathroom frequently. The extra water will help nourish your skin, allowing nutrients to circulate and eliminate water quickly.

Very truly yours,

Dr. Dana R. Sesante

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 29, 2015.

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