Throughout both of my pregnancies, people constantly praised me for my “glow.” But after giving birth, things seemed to change rather quickly, and not in a way that I anticipated. My coveted glow quickly faded, and the dreaded acne from my teen years resurfaced on my skin. Having a baby changed my body in many ways, and while some of the alterations were good (you’ll never hear me complain about my post-pregnancy boobs), others were less welcome. Needles to say, I wasn’t prepared for the ways skin changes after giving birth (nor was I very pleased with it.)
In a perfect world, your body would bounce right back after pregnancy, without an extended recovery period or extra work on your part. But the reality is, women’s bodies continue to change long after the delivery. From spider veins to acne, most women experience some kind of change to their skin in the “fourth trimester.” But the good news is, that with time and just a little effort (because you have your hands full these days) most of them won’t last too long. Here are seven surprising changes your postpartum skin may encounter, and a few simple ways to handle them.