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How are you feeling? Your body has been going through a lot of changes recently! Many women find that, by week 23, their hair is thicker, their fingernails are growing faster, and their skin might have that pregnant “glow,” which is great! However, there may be some changes that you aren't so happy with, like increased body hair, stretch marks, or larger feet.
Body hair – Hormones are the culprit again! Specifically, androgens are to blame for the little hairs that may be showing up on your belly, chin, arms, and back. Safe solutions – tweezing, waxing, or threading are all good options. Bleaching, however, is not a safe option.
Stretch Marks – Stretch marks are actually tiny tears in the supportive tissue located just beneath your skin. They may be dark during pregnancy, but the good news is that they should fade over time. Some women use oils, creams, and lotions during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks; it can't hurt, but there are no medically proven lotions currently on the market. Stretch marks tend to be genetic and not every woman will get them during pregnancy, but if your mothers, sisters, or aunts had them, chances are you will too.
Larger feet – Your feet may have already increased half a shoe size, and may continue to grow. Swelling accounts for some of this growth, but lax ligaments also cause your feet to spread. Try not to squish into shoes that are too tight… purchase some new ones, preferably something you can just slip-on. Also, try elevating your feet three to four times a day, as gravity plays a big role in swelling. Last, and probably best, ask your partner for a foot massage or schedule a professional massage. It will increase circulation and help disperse edema.