First Trimester
Pregnancy body worries: cankles, stretch marks and more
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While some women find that their skin improves during pregnancy, others aren’t so fortunate. Acne outbreaks and skin complaints in pregnancy are common and are usually caused by hormonal changes.

Kerrie Laverty had never suffered any skin complaints until she became pregnant with her first child. She developed eczema which got worse after her baby arrived, and following two subsequent pregnancies. She finds cod liver oil capsules, cocoa butter and Vaseline hand cream work wonders.

Dr Robb Akridge, Vice President of Clinical Research at Clarisonic USA offers these classic tips for controlling skin problems during pregnancy:

‘Get plenty of sleep, avoid stress, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, drink lots of water, and invest in a gentle skincare routine.’

His company produces the Clarisonic skincare cleansing device, safe for use in pregnancy. Using a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, it cleanses gently and is suitable for all skin types; a bonus for pregnant skin which can shift from oily to dry and back again overnight.

For pregnancy related acne try these:

 - Acne
Visit www.spacenk.co.uk to order the Clarisonic skincare system. Prices start at £146.
Organic Gentle Cleanse by Green People is a 2-in-1 Cleanser and Make-Up Remover and Face Wash suitable for all skin types. With organic marshmallow and chamomile, it will help restore your skin. It's free from ethyl alcohol, artificial chemical nasties and other unnecessary synthetic ingredients. 200ml - £12.99 - www.mumstheword.co.uk

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