Post-pregnancy acne

Filed under: Babies, Your Pregnancy, Health & Safety: Babies

You know how women who've had babies are always telling women who haven't had babies that there are all these things "They" don't tell you about pregnancy, birth, etc.? And by "They" I mean the professionals--doctors, OBs, all of 'em. Well, it's true.

We have books like "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy," which does share some insights from actual moms, a lot of which is outdated now but still really funny, and we have the web--and a host of bloggers--to tell us all about it. Yet there are still all these things no one tells you about that could befall you if you get preggo and have a baby.

My thing right now is acne. What the hell? I'm not in highschool anymore! Every month right before I get my period I get a bunch of zits on my face. I'm nearly 33 years old, people, and take expert care of my skin. I haven't had a zit since I was in college. Actually, I took acutane because my skin was so bad, so I know what it's like to have bad acne.

After the acutane I had decent skin and confidence to boot, which I'd never had before. Years later, when I got pregnant, my good skin became great. The whole time I was pg my skin lit up and I seemed to glow from within. The good skin thing lasted until I started getting my period again, and now I get acne every month.

It's embarrassing considering how grown up I feel. At work, I have a director's title and yet I feel like a teenager, or too young to be doing my job--simply because I get zits. I also feel like I'm not as sexy, and, as any new mom will tell you, you need all the sexiness you can get post-baby.

So, what to do? I've been drinking water like it's going out of style, trying not to pick and trying not to notice. I mean, they go away--it's not like I now have these horrible scars on my face or something. And, if this is the price for having the most wonderful experience of my life--being a mother, going through the miracle of pregnancy and birth, having an angel for a son--then fine by me. I'll take it, and I wouldn't trade any of it for the world.

Truth is, though, this is one of those things no one tells you about. Just sayin'.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.