Skin Conditions During Pregnancy

Antibiotic: A drug that treats certain types of infections.

Autoimmune Disorder: A condition in which the body attacks its own tissues.

Hormone: A substance made in the body that controls the function of cells or organs.

Immune System: The body’s natural defense system against viruses and bacteria that cause disease.

Linea Nigra: A line running from the belly button to pubic hair that darkens during pregnancy.

Melasma: A common skin problem that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. Also known as the “mask of pregnancy.”

Rectum: The last part of the digestive tract.

Trimester: A 3-month time in pregnancy. It can be first, second, or third.

Uterus: A muscular organ in the female pelvis. During pregnancy this organ holds and nourishes the fetus.

Vagina: A tube-like structure surrounded by muscles. The vagina leads from the uterus to the outside of the body.

Vulva: The external female genital area.

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