While there are many symptoms associated with conception, morning sickness, tender breasts and exhaustion, pregnancy glow is arguably one of the initial signs you’ve got a baby on board. So, what is pregnancy glow and it is a real thing?
A visibly noticeable brightening in the skin’s appearance, the “glow,” is one of many physiological changes a woman may experience due to an influx in hormones while pregnant, the American Pregnancy Association says.
Though the reason behind the natural highlighter isn’t concrete, science provides a little insight to the skin phenomenon.
Onset by increased blood volume (by approximately 50%) and production of the hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), this duo works together to create the lust-worthy pregnancy glow. When blood volume increases, it also creates more blood vessels, resulting in a fuller, flush look.
HCG and progesterone (another hormone which regulates various functions in the body), can also cause facial glands to secrete more oil, leaving the skin looking smoother and brighter.
However, it’s important to note that while many women experience the glow, there are several factors contributing to the skin change that can have a downside.