In one particular study involving more than 2,000 women who reported at least one pregnancy, researchers discovered that there could be a connection between pregnancy and tooth loss.
Dr. Russel said that the connection between tooth loss and pregnancy could be due to:
- Gingivitis. Pregnant women are prone to develop gingivitis. Remember that gingivitis can lead to tooth loss.
- Financial concerns. With children to care for, mothers are more likely to prioritize their needs than their oral health. Hence, a visit to the dentist may be postponed.
- Reduced oral care. Mothers with more kids could have less time to dedicate to their oral health.
However, more studies to confirm the link between tooth loss and giving birth.
Melasma – The Mask of Pregnancy
In discussing how a woman’s body changes after pregnancy, we must also talk about melasma.
Pregnant women often develop irregular, blotchy hyperpigmentation on their faces. This melasma or “mask of pregnancy” happens due to hormonal changes and gets worse with sun exposure.
The mask of pregnancy does not pose any health risks and is not painful, however, it can cause some emotional distress due to the perceived negative body image. Doctors say that melasma is permanent unless you get treatment for it.
A little word of caution: there are many available topical treatments online claiming that they can get rid of melasma. Don’t be too hasty in buying them.
The best way to get rid of the mask of pregnancy is to talk to a doctor. They will advise you on the safe and effective treatment approach that is right for you.
In the meantime, avoid unhealthy sun exposure, don’t forget to moisturize, and develop a good cleansing regimen to take care of your skin.
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