7 Pregnancy Changes A Woman’s Skin (Sometimes Permanently)
What’s that brown spot on my forehead/cheek/neck/belly (insert body part here.) Some women get that healthy, pregnant glow to their skin that everyone talks about, and some of us get the opposite.
The technical term for skin darkening during pregnancy is chloasma or melanoma gravid arum, though most of us just call it “the mask of pregnancy.”
Women with darker complexions are more likely to experience discolored patches, and they tend to get more pronounced with each pregnancy. As you’d expect, sun exposure exacerbates the darkening.
Often times this darkening is temporary and departs after giving birth, but sometimes it hangs around for…well, it’s been seven years since I last gave birth, so at least that long.