The “WTF is Up With My Skin” Phase
This part of pregnancy could easily be renamed the “WTF Is Up With My Skin?” phase. Estrogen can make your palms red and darken your nipples, arm pits and lady bits. You might even develop chloasma, or “the mask of pregnancy,” where dark patches appear on your face. All this should fade, but stay out of the sun as much as you can because sunlight intensifies the effect.
As your belly gets bigger (and bigger… and bigger) the skin on your abdomen, and even your back and thighs and breasts, will get itchy — dousing yourself a few times a day with lotion helps. Despite what anyone tells you, though, no lotions or oils or magic potions will help prevent stretch marks… but who cares? Those things are your freaking badges of honor, wear them with pride, dammit!
Perhaps best of all skin issues are the skin tags, which almost sound cute until you realize these excess skin growths make you look a little like you’re wearing a pilling sweater. Luckily they’re benign, but if you want to have them removed you’ll need to wait until after the baby’s born.
To protect its transparent skin your baby’s beginning to develop vernix, that cottage cheesy coating that keeps them from getting all pruney in the amniotic fluid. Your baby’s still moving around, but has more control over the brain-muscle connection — meaning now he’s kicking you on purpose. Get used to it.