Gross Things that Happen When You're Pregnant (And How to Deal)

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

The Sweats

Did you know fluctuating estrogen levels in pregnancy can cause Bikram yoga- levels of sweating? I did not. But they can. This was one of the first symptoms I experienced, and it was extra weird because I had never heard of it. The smell of my sweat also changed early on. So not only was I a walking perspiration patch, I was suddenly hyperaware of my underarms at all times. After a few weeks this symptom settled down, but in the thick of it, I quickly adopted a few habits to keep things in check. I exfoliated my armpits every day, either via a scrub or by shaving. I also began double-dosing on deodorant every day. I now carry a stick of my favorite natural version in my bag at all times.

The Breakouts

Okay, so this one isn't surprising, but it still sucks. Around week six, a surge in progesterone (responsible for an uptick in sebum production) and fluid retention can both cause breakouts. Worse, options for battling acne in pregnancy are very limited. Most of my go-to spot treatments were no longer allowed. I found a winner in this pregnancy-safe acne blaster, but you can also experiment with tea tree oil or AHAs. If you can, I highly recommend seeing a knowledgeable facialist for an education on how to switch up your skincare early on. Oh, and wash your pillowslips. Go-To's Face Case ($65) is brilliant.

The Burst Capillaries

Apparently the same thing that causes "pregnancy glow" is also responsible for an increased risk of developing broken blood vessels. (Can you guess which one I got?) I found this out after a not-even-that-hot shower when I discovered my chest was dotted with burst capillaries. Personally, I am waiting until post- baby to have them painlessly zapped off with a laser, but I'm told they'll likely fade before them. This isn't a beauty tip so much a warning—turn the hot tap down.

The Dandruff

There isn't a whole lot of info on what causes dandruff during pregnancy, but some believe it's caused, at least in some instances, by an overproduction of oil. (Same thing that gives you preggo pimples.) For me, it was temporary and disappeared the same time my breakouts did. I used a tea tree shampoo ($10) from Avalon Organics, to treat it, and I'd recommend it. Personally, I was told that medicated dandruff shampoo was safe to use, but I still went the natural route.

Check with your doctor before using anything medicated. There are some ingredients you want to avoid using while pregnant.

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