Bringing a new life to this world is a challenging process, especially in regard to the hormones that cause nausea, tiredness, headaches, mood swings, swollen feet, and many other unpleasant symptoms. And you can blame the hormones for all that. But the hormonal increase during pregnancy also has a good side: it gives you a special glow during this stage.
What actually causes a pregnant woman's glow?
It is widely debated whether the characteristic brightness of the skin of pregnant women is real, but doctors say yes, and it has two causes: the sudden rise in hormone levels, especially estrogen and progesterone, and increased blood volume.
During pregnancy, the mother's heart will pump more blood - about 30% to 50% more - in order to meet the needs of another growing human being. Yes, this can cause some discomfort. The blood is concentrated in the uterus (the baby's circulation is independent) and that can cause some slight dizziness. In addition, an increase in blood volume means inflammation throughout the body.
How Does It All Work?
But the increase in blood volume also plays a role in creating the characteristic pregnancy glow. The overall rise in blood circulation gives the skin a pinkish appearance and makes the features more rounded, according to Yvonne Butler Tobah, obstetrician and gynecologist for the Mayo Clinic. What's more, an increase in hormone levels causes your skin to produce more sebum or oil, making it look brighter.
The Cells Literally Grow Faster
Finally, there is the fact that the rotation of cells in the skin is accelerated, which "allows new cells to come to the surface, as the old cells are discarded," as Brandye Wilson- Manigat, obstetrician and gynecologist told Self. The younger cells remain on the face, which increases the effect of lightness and smoothness on the skin.