You may experience some of the following skin changes when you are pregnant.
Marks and growths:
- stretch marks – indented streaks that often appear on your abdomen (tummy), breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs
- benign (non-cancerous) skin growths including skin tags and pyogenic granulomas.
Skin pigmentation (colour) changes:
- linea nigra – a dark line down the centre of your belly
- darkening of your areola, nipples, armpits and the skin around your genitals
- possible darkening of your moles and scars
- melasma – a blotchy, brownish area on your face often called the mask of pregnancy.
Blood vessel or vein changes:
- spider veins – tiny, thin veins just under the surface of your skin, often on your face
- varicose veins – enlarged veins in your legs or vulva
- palmar erythema – increased redness of your palms.
Rash and itch:
- dermatitis and psoriasis – dry, itchy skin
- prurigo of pregnancy
- pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) – small, itchy, red bumps that usually start near the stretch marks around your belly button.
Uncommon itchy skin conditions that are of particular concern:
- cholestasis of pregnancy – a rare, intense itch without a rash
- pemphigoid gestationis – also rare, this usually begins in the second or third trimester with itchy, red bumps, a bit like hives, around your belly button.