Pregnancy Skin Care

You hear plenty of recommendations when it comes to caring for your skin in pregnancy, but the truth is that you have to work out what suits your skin. What is best for one person will not necessarily work for another. These photos were taken when I was 35 weeks pregnant and at this time more than ever my skin needs to be taken care of.

I have sensitive skin and since I have been pregnant eczema has appeared on my hands which has not been fun. Not only do I need to take care of my hands, but of course my bump (which has grown quite a lot by this stage) as I want to keep it smooth to reduce the likelihood of stretch marks.

One product that often comes up in conversation when discussing skin care in pregnancy is Bio Oil. Hearing good things, I decided to buy some and give it ago! It felt so smooth and smelt great, however with a great smell I find often comes problems. I actually found that Bio Oil irritated my skin, and after a few days of using it, my bump became quite itchy with little red bumps. Noticing the correlation between starting to apply Bio Oil and the irritation on my skin, I stopped using this.

For the eczema on my hands I was initially using an ointment called Epaderm, but I found when using this that my hands never really felt incredibly moisturised, just oily. Depending on what works better with your skin, you will probably either have a preference for either creams or ointments. Creams are definitely better for me, but ointments still do have their use. I have found Epaderm is great for use in the shower! My bump feels so smooth after applying Epaderm in this way, but I decided to stop using it on my skin when dry.

So what has been working for me?

I find that creams always work best on my skin and this has been no different whist pregnant. Sticking to what has always worked for me, I have been using some E45 cream (unfortunately not pictured here as I have run out!) and Nivea cream. I apply these to my hands when they are feeling dry or irritated and I use Nivea on my bump each morning! I love Nivea right now!

It sounds funny but I am so appreciative of good creams for skin care right now, as i’m sure is everyone that experiences eczema or just wants to look after their skin. My bump is feeling very smooth these days which I am pleased about and I will continue to do my best to keep it that way. I am also hoping that my eczema will clear up once the baby arrives, but for now I am just looking forward to meeting my baby!

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Please note the views expressed are of my own opinion. I am not a qualified professional. My views should not take the place of your doctor, your dermatologist, or any other health care professional.  You should always check your pregnancy skin care routine with your doctor first.

38 Comments

  1. Yiota
    January 7, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    You look amazing babe!!! I love Nivea products too, they are so nice and classic and I love the scent of them!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

  2. Amy Arnold
    January 8, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    I agree about doing what works best for you. Sounds like good products.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  3. January 8, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    I experienced the same things with BioOil nearing the very end of my pregnancy. I loved it pretty much the entire time, as I felt it prevented stretch marks, BUT I accredit the itching that I experienced to the stretch marks that followed. I couldn’t control myself and began itching and as a result, got stretch marks all along those areas I itched. So, if you feel itchy, try using a warm compress or simply pat, DON’T itch. I do believe this helps in causing stretch marks. I’ve also heard great things about rose hip oil in stretch mark prevention, which I wish I would’ve known about when I was pregnant. Perhaps you could look into it? Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great week ahead and Happy New Year!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

    • January 23, 2018 / 2:20 pm

      So interesting to hear that your experience was similar with bio oil. When your skin is stretching it can be really itchy and sensitive already, so I think you have to be really careful with the products you use. I had a really itchy couple of weeks but then it seemed to all calm down luckily (apart from my hands). Thanks for your advice Jalisia!

      Marianne x https://mariannesophia.com

  4. January 9, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    Skincare is so important, but especially during pregnancy! Thanks for sharing the products you’re into!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  5. Gabrielle
    January 11, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    Bio-Oil seems to have a similar reputation to Vaseline – a wonder product! haha. Although I’m unlikely to get pregnant anytime soon, I do have some stretch marks on my bum/hips and so I’ll be picking up some Bio-Oil to use on that area now! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    aglassofice.com
    x

  6. January 16, 2018 / 2:58 am

    I love nivea products! I hope you’re doing amazing with your pregnancy!

  7. January 20, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Aww your baby bump! You look amazing!

    Congratulations and best wishes xx

    louiselovesbeauty.com

  8. February 21, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    Skin sensitivity while you’re pregnant is a really crucial one. I am sorry to hear that the product didn’t work on you. Nivea is very smooth milky cream a lot of pregnant women use.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  9. March 6, 2018 / 3:09 am

    This is amazing! I need to try this! Your skin is always beautiful doll.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great week!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

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