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Along with skipping happy hour and saying sayonara to sushi, you know there are certain skin-care ingredients and treatments that are off-limits when you’re pregnant. That’s because they might be harmful to your unborn baby or there’s simply not enough evidence to prove that they’re completely safe. But what you may not realize is that many of these same skin-care rules apply when you’re trying to conceive.
Whether you’re thinking about trying to have a baby or are actively working on it, here are the key changes you’ll need to make to your skin-care routine to keep you and your baby-to-be safe and healthy.
Get a skin check.
Moles can change, darken, and enlarge during pregnancy, so it’s best to have your dermatologist do a skin check—including full-body photos and mole mapping, if you have several moles—before you get that BFP. “This way, you’ll have a baseline for what they looked like before and you won’t worry yourself unnecessarily,” says Maritza I. Perez, dermatologist at Advanced Aesthetics in New Canaan, Connecticut, and director of cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai Westin New York City.
These skin checks are especially important to do before trying to conceive, since recent research shows that melanoma is more aggressive and deadly in pregnant women. A January 2016 study found that women who were diagnosed with malignant melanoma during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth were …