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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Acne During Pregnancy

Feel like you’re going through puberty all over again? Why you're getting all those pimples -- and how to safely treat them.

What is acne during pregnancy?

The hormones of pregnancy can make your face, and sometimes your back and other body parts, break out in pimples.

What are the signs of acne during pregnancy?

You probably know this: They’re smallish, reddish bumps -- sometimes you get those ones that are white and pus-filled. They’re not fun.

Are there any tests for acne during pregnancy?

No tests required. If you’ve got pimples on your face, you have acne.

How common is acne during pregnancy?

Breaking out is common! Sure, some moms-to-be get that “pregnancy glow,” but you’re not alone -- plenty get pregnancy zits.

How did I get acne during pregnancy?

It’s thought that pregnancy hormones might increase the skin’s production of oil. The oil builds up and clogs the pores, attracts bacteria and causes those nasty bumps.

How will my acne affect my baby?

As long as you don’t use harmful products (see next page), it won’t, at least not now. If you’re acne-prone, there’s a good chance your baby will get pimples as a teen, but that would probably happen no matter what!

-- Rebecca Kolp, MD, ob-gyn and medical director at Massachusetts General Hospital West


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