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Suggest Treatment For Dark Pigmentation During Pregnancy

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Posted on Thu, 13 Oct 2016
Question: Hello Doctor! I was writing here since before i was conceived. I am very thankful to the suggestions is question provided by you. Special thanks to Dr. XXXXXXX XXXXXXX I am glad if she answers this question again.
my skin was darkening from 3rd month of pregnancy. and as all says, post delivery the dark skin gradually lightens. but in my case post delivery, its being darkened more and more day by day.

1. what is the cause?
2. Whom should i consult? gynaec / dermatologist?
3. Ayurveda treatment is better or English?
4. Would like to know the exercises to reduce belly and thighs.
5. I am really putting on post delivery more and more though i breastfeed.

Please suggest me the best thing. I am really worried about my dark complexion.


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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello dear
Dr Aarti here.
Many congratulations for your delivery!
I'm very happy to hear about it.
Am also glad for your appreciation and remembrances.
Now for your doubts.

Which date did you deliver exactly?
Normal delivery or Caesarean?
Let me know these things so that I can guide you about the remaining questions.

Looking forward to hear from you.
Take care
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Aarti Abraham (13 hours later)
Hello Doctor,

1. I had delivered on March 28, 2016. By this month 28, my daughter will be 6 months old.
2. As the baby passed meconium, Dr had suggested c sec though there was a possibility of normal delivery.
3. how long it takes for c section wound to heal? i still have pain around the stitch mark.

hoping to see your reply very soon.
doctor
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
As below

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear.
1. Where exactly is the dark pigmentation - face or whole body ? The pigmentation acquired during pregnancy can sometimes persist for a very long time.
You should be definitely seeing a dermatologist who can prescribe some skin lightening creams and treatments.
2. Allopathic is much better than Ayurveda.
3. To lose weight, you should eat less calories and burn more. You can start exercises ( working out in a gym ) on treadmill and cycle to lose thigh fat. A trainer will teach abdominal exercises too , to reduce the tummy. Eat less of carbohydrates, rice, potatoes, junk food, fried food, ghee, oil etc. Eat lots of curd, buttermilk, fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables etc. Consult a dietician for a proper calorie restricted diet chart.
4. Abdominal C section wound heals in 10 days, and internal stitches heal within 6 weeks, so you are definitely healed now. Some nerves are injured during C section so you may sometimes feel pain and discomfort around stitch line, but that is normal.
Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Aarti Abraham (11 hours later)
Hi Doctor,
1.dark skin or pigmentation is on whole body and more on face, hands and legs. Can I take any medicine though I breastfeed?
2. My tummy is flat around navel. But it looks like air balloon below the chest line.. Is it normal for everyone as the tummy shape changes?
3. I am still taking iron and calcium supplements. These supplements are the reason for weight gain? Bcos I look plumpy from the day started taking them.
4. Hairfall is more and I almost become a bald. What is the cause?
5. When I visit a dermatologist, how should I explain about my dark skin?
6. Total appearance is changed just after the baby.

Please clarify.
Thanks in Advance.
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Can you upload photographs of the pigmentation ? I might have an idea.
Once the dermatologist prescribes medicine, let me know what it is, so I can tell you if it is safe while breastfeeding.
Yes, changes in the tummy shape and fat is normal after delivery. Regular exercise and toning will help you to acquire proper shape.
No the supplements are not the reason for the weight gain. But you can stop now, since it is already 6 months post delivery.
Hairfall after delivery is also common.
Take good nutritious food , multivitamin and consult a dermatologist to look for scalp infections causing hair loss.
Just tell the dermatologist your problems, she will also be a qualified doctor, and will understand the issues.
Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest Treatment For Dark Pigmentation During Pregnancy

Brief Answer: As below Detailed Answer: Hello dear Dr Aarti here. Many congratulations for your delivery! I'm very happy to hear about it. Am also glad for your appreciation and remembrances. Now for your doubts. Which date did you deliver exactly? Normal delivery or Caesarean? Let me know these things so that I can guide you about the remaining questions. Looking forward to hear from you. Take care