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How are you feeling? At this point, people can probably tell that you are pregnant. It's important to remember that, as your body grows and makes room for your little one, you are also producing much more blood for the both of you to use. This lowers your blood pressure, and standing up quickly may cause some dizziness or make you feel lightheaded. This is called postural hypotension, yet another way your body reminds you to take it more slowly. You may also be experiencing “hot flashes,” which is a result of all that extra blood volume and hormones in your body.
Are you noticing some skin changes? These are hormone-related changes, and will usually go away after child birth. Your skin might be dry or flaky, or you may have the “mask of pregnancy,” which is known by blotchy patches on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and/or chin. Drink lots of water, and be sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet.