Skin and Teeth FAQ

Why is my skin drier, spottier, and has dark spots?

These spots most commonly appear on your forehead and cheeks and are a result of increased pigmentation. When you become pregnant your body produces more hormones, which causes an increase in your pigmentation. You should wear a good sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 whenever you plan on being outside. You can also wear your favourite ball cap to protect your face from the sun. Your skin is extra sensitive, and the sun increases your chances of these dark spots showing up on your face.

How to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy?

Almost 90% of pregnant women will experience stretch marks. Stretch marks appear as pinkish or reddish streaks running down your abdomen and/or breasts. Women have stretch marks because of the sudden stretching of the skin. Though it's usually a matter of genetics, there are a few ways to try avoiding stretch marks during pregnancy:

  • Moisturisers, such as cocoa butter, certainly will help with the dryness and itchy skin associated with pregnancy.
  • Want to keep the marks to a minimum? Put your pounds on slow and steady, instead of in big spurts. Eating the best diet during pregnancy possible may also help keep your skin toned — and less subject to stretch marks.

Your dermatologist can tell you about treatments such as Retin-A or laser therapy — two solutions you can consider postpartum. (Neither are appropriate during pregnancy.)

If you find that nothing is working for you, take comfort in knowing that these streaks will fade to silvery faint lines after delivery.

Why do I suddenly have extra body and facial hair during pregnancy?

The hair on your head can grow thicker and fuller during pregnancy and the same is true for body hair, probably because of an increase in the male hormones called androgens. (Your body produces them, too.) This comes in the form of more facial hair and stray hairs on your breasts, belly, and back. Most will be gone three to six months after you give birth. In the meantime, you can safely tweeze, wax, or shave as you wish.

What about my finger nails?

The build-up of female hormones in the body is the real cause for faster and stronger growing nails, not the prenatal vitamin. Some women, however, do not experience this positive reaction to pregnancy hormones. If nails are brittle or spilt easily while you are pregnant, understand that this change is just a temporary matter. After the hormones levels return to normal, the nails will also return to their pre-pregnancy state.

How can I safely remove facial or body hair during pregnancy?

Any nonchemical method is safe. To get rid of the hair, you can safely tweeze, wax or shave.

Can I go to the dentist during my pregnancy?

It is recommended that you can continue your preventive visits to the dentist every six months. Dental cleanings and needed dental care are both safe and encouraged before, during and after pregnancy. It is also important to inform your dentist that you are pregnant.

It is always wise to follow up with your doctor for the best advice. Book your appointment now through our website or call directly on 800 7676.

What happens if I get a tooth infected and need to go to the dentist? Is it safe?

Yes. Dental cleanings and needed dental care are both safe and encouraged before, during and after pregnancy. Many antibiotics are safe for you and the baby during pregnancy. Common antibiotics that are considered safe include penicillin and cephalosporin.