Is there such a thing as "Pregnancy Glow"?

The glow that others notice (though you may not) isn't just a sentimental old wives' term.
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The increased volume of blood causes the cheeks to take on a rosy blush, because of the many blood vessels just below the skin's surface. As well, the increased secretions of the oil glands give the skin a waxy sheen. The flushed face on many pregnant women is similar to the one non-pregnant people experience when they are excited, cry, or do anything that increases their heart rate (which pregnancy does constantly).

What’s happening?
During pregnancy and new-mamahood, your body is bursting with hormones, and your mood isn’t the only thing affected by these natural chemicals. Your skin is super-sensitive to hormonal changes, but on the positive side, most pregnancy-related breakouts subside after the first trimester as the oil-stimulating hormone production shifts from your ovaries to the placenta (who knew?). Just keep in mind that your skin may teeter on the edge of breakouts until the little one joins the world, so keep up a steady, gentle skincare routine to keep your skin feeling gorgeous.

Check out our slideshows for great tips on how to keep your skin gorgeous and glowing throughout your pregnancy.