26. Dark Skin Patches
Referred to as melasma, the development of dark skin patches is quite common during pregnancy. It’s also known as the “mask of pregnancy” because dark spots can appear around your nose, cheekbones, forehead and upper lip like a mask. Skin that’s frequently exposed to the sun can also become darker.
Also, skin that’s usually more pigmented, like scars, freckles, nipples, and genitals, can get even darker. Hormonal changes during your pregnancy contribute to an increase in the melanin produced by your body. Women with naturally darker complexions are more susceptible to melasma than lighter-skinned women. Also, if this condition runs in your family, you have a higher risk of developing it.