Pregnancy Diaries: Suzie on… things that they don’t tell you

Welcome back to the pregnancy diaries series. While I have no thoughts about a second pregnancy myself, I didn’t want this blog to simply move into toddler land as Pip grows up. It is about surviving motherhood and that includes pregnancy and the new baby days. Suzie (Pitter Patter) and A (One Half Of Us) will be sharing some posts about pregnancy and planning for a baby. Their guest posts will be a mixture of the philosophical and practical.


This has to be, for me, one of the most frustrating things about pregnancy. Please don’t misunderstand me – I’m loving being pregnant and have had an easy, problem-free pregnancy so far for which I am forever grateful. But I was not really prepared for just how crappy my skin would be.

I was expecting that becoming pregnant would herald the start of that famous ‘pregnancy glow’ – where women seem to bloom, their skin radiating health and vitality.

It hasn’t arrived.

Instead the skin on my face is dry, sore and itchy – but unwilling to be moisturised, as then I have (even more) spots than I would if I let it be sore and dry. Sounds great, yes? I really don’t know what to do with it. I have always had…shall we say…temperamental skin. Hormone changes, stress levels, too many late nights, a few days of eating junk, will all negatively affect my skin. You’d think by the age of 31 this might have improved, but evidently not.

Just before becoming pregnant, my skin was pretty good – I had a routine that I liked – a hot cloth cleanser and heavy-duty moisturiser at night and a foamy facewash and light blemish-preventing moisturiser in the morning. Now, I barely manage to squeeze some moisturiser onto my most wrinkle-prone areas – if it goes anywhere else, I will have spots there the next day.

I’m still cleansing as I was, but don’t tend to moisturise afterwards. I know this is bad – I can FEEL that this is bad as my skin feels papery and dry, as well as being quite angry and blotchy.

I don’t wear masses of makeup – with my skin being dry, I can’t wear proper foundation as it will go all cakey. I just wear some concealer to hide the spots as best I can and some powder foundation to even things out a bit.

I should have known that my hormones would react like this really – this awesome little boy that I am growing inside me is clearly wreaking havoc with them and they are choosing to punish me in the way they might punish a 14 year old at her time of the month!

I don’t really feel it’s something I can go to the doctor about either. I wouldn’t describe the spots as acne per se, and as long as my baby is healthy and my pregnancy is progressing well, then I know I shouldn’t really be affected by a few spots. But it does get me down.

I do think it’s a bit unfair too. I eat fairly well, drink gallons of water and always take my make-up off no matter what. I’m sure I must be due some good skin at some point in my life. It must be my turn for some lovely dewy fresh-faced looking skin soon…surely?

But in the meantime, if anyone has any ideas of things I can do, products I could try…or even just any reassurance that it will go back to normal after baby arrives, I’d be very grateful.



  1. Laura January 20, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    Urgh, I feel you. I am struggling with this so badly at the moment – the itching and redness! I wasn’t like this last time I was pregnant so I can only assume this baby isn’t a fan of my face.

    The one thing that I loved before pregnancy and still do is Clarins Blue Orchid oil. If you’re not moisturising then this could work – you just use a few drops before bed. It might help with the tightness? Clarins are good at giving samples so you could try it first, it’s pricey but a bottle lasts me about a year. I’m still moisturing, but using an ultra bland one as it’s too sore without.

    Maybe instead we’ll get a post pregnancy glow instead of looking tired?!

  2. fritha January 20, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    I’ve heard this is super common with all the raging hormones! I went the other way funny enough and pre-pregnancy had quite bad skin which pregnancy cleared up (and since too, hurrah!) x

  3. Fiona January 20, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    I think the advice is to drink plenty of water, eat a diet rich in fresh fruit and veg, and avoid products that might irritate your skin. I used organic extra virgin coconut oil on my skin during pregnancy, it proved so much better than anything I’d used before. Good for nappy rash too.

  4. Kristy January 20, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    I’ve mostly given up on my skin, to be honest. I just slather on grapeseed oil with a few drops of sweet almond oil added after showers. I’ll add a drop of tea tree oil back in, in a few weeks, and hope that will help with all the bumps along jaw and hairline. It’s so annoying!

  5. Lori January 20, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Bless you. the only thing I used was witch hazel gel from Boots to help dry out a few of those spots but otherwise you’re doing the right things with water and fruit etc. The good news is that 2 weeks after birthing F my skin cleared right up 🙂 x

  6. Laura January 20, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    I found my skin either use to glow and be beautiful soft and clean or go totally out of control and breakout all over the place – so hard! I just kept drinking lots of water, eating healthy and using organic gentle toners and oil-free moisturisers.

    Laura x

  7. Fran M January 20, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    Simple light moisturiser is a good non-irritating one to try. I’ve found double cleansing works for me- gets all of my makeup, oil and bacteria off. Has made a big difference to my skin during pregnancy. I use cleansing balm then a gentle face wash. Sometimes some toner if I’ve been wearing a lot of makeup or If I’ve had it on for a long time. I use body Shop vitamin E oil a few times a week for my night time moisturiser. Oil can actually be really good even for blemish prone or oily skin – sometime oiliness can be a sign of dehydrated skin. Hope some of that helps!

  8. Suzie January 22, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Such great advice – thanks everyone. And really good to know that I’m not alone! Now for another pint of water…!

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