Is dark circles under eyes a symptom of pregnancy?
Yep, it’s true: some dark under eye circles could indeed be a sign that you’re pregnant. Of course, you should always consult with a healthcare professional before you make any major changes. But once you’re pregnant, symptoms can crop up fast.
As soon as the pregnancy hormones show up, so do the changes. These vary from person to person; everyone feels and sees different things. Some people even experience swelling under one eye pregnancy issues! If you’re suddenly concealing some very dark circles, you might want to visit your doctor for a quick once-over.
Start introducing foods that are high in vitamin C into your diet. And try to unwind as much as you can. We know it’s hard, but letting your body rest when it wants to could lead to better sleep and fewer shocking after-pregnancy effects. Stay as hydrated as possible too (drink that water up) and use a cool towel on your eyes to help revive them first thing.
Do dark circles go away after pregnancy?
Dark circles can definitely diminish once pregnancy is over—if your screaming newborn doesn’t keep you up all night, that is. Sleep deprivation may put excess strain on the eyes, but there are other things you can do to help reduce the shadows.
As much as exercising might be the last thing you want to do, a lack of exercise could make those shadows worse. When you exercise and raise your heart rate, your blood stays a bright, vibrant red because it’s able to carry oxygen effectively around the body. If you’re not exercising, this oxygen synthesis starts to lag, so the blood turns a bluish-blackish colour instead—hence the darker-looking skin. Now, we’re not suggesting you run a 5K the day after childbirth! Just add some gentle movement. A quiet stroll round the block is great for your body and your mental health too.
To help with dark circles after pregnancy, alongside your stretch mark routine, you’ll want to invest in a good cream, serum, and overall skincare routine to help your complexion settle.
Find out more about the weird and wonderful things that happen to your body during pregnancy in this seriously lol-worthy episode of the Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast