But, for me, these benefits were random and fleeting. Especially during my first trimester when hormones are raging, I had a lot of acne and random skin issues. One day my skin would look great, and then the next it was like, what happened? Pregnancy skin is a roller coaster.
There are some parts of pregnancy that have been easier the second time around since I’ve experienced it before and at least kind of know what to expect. But others are just as difficult because your body reacts differently to every pregnancy. When I found out I was pregnant again, I thought, “I’ve got this covered.” I quickly realized that when it comes to certain issues with my skin and hormones, I didn’t.
I'm not sure if memories are short, or if the old wives’ tale that girls steal your beauty might actually be true, but this pregnancy seems to have been much worse. My “morning sickness” (really all-day sickness) during my first trimester was a beast this time around, and my skin has definitely been acting up a lot more.
Some days, I feel like I’ve time traveled straight back to the horrible years of teenage acne. I’ve been getting weird pimples popping up all over my face, but also on my chest and arms, and other random places. (Have you ever heard of under eye and eyebrow acne? Because I hadn’t.) Let me tell you, these breakouts have been a fun surprise to deal with. You know those pimples that seem to keep refilling? I’ve got them. I’ll think, “Thank god, this is finally going away,” or I’ll break down and pop one. Then, suddenly it fills up again and I’m like, “How is this pimple possibly back?” Some days, I feel like I’m living in The Never Ending Acne Story.
I definitely got melasma the first time around, or what’s known as the “mask of pregnancy.” For years, I was an avid outdoor runner and I am embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t as diligent about putting on sunscreen as I am now. I found that any discoloration that I had developed from previous sun exposure was amplified during my first pregnancy when I wasn’t as focused on preventative care.
For me, the pregnancy melasma is a little more concerning than the acne because I worry that it’s never going to go away. Mine is mostly on my forehead, and it kind of looks like it’s an extension of my hairline. But I keep reminding myself that it went away after my first pregnancy — thanks in large part to taking care of my overall health, but also to Veracity’s Brightening Support Vital Concentrate that has made a huge difference — and it will go away again.