What Causes Skin Tags During Pregnancy?
It’s very common for the increase in hormones to cause skin tags during pregnancy. But don’t worry, you’re not turning into the wicked witch of the west! These flesh-colored, wart-like growths are called acrochordons and are completely benign. They may look horrible and give you the creeps but they are not harmful to you or your baby.
Where Do Skin Tags Develop?
Acrochordons most commonly develop in areas that are warm and moist. This means that genital skin tags during pregnancy are very common, as well as skin tags under the breasts, under the arms, on the neck and anywhere else where you’ve got cozy little folds of flesh and skin. Some women also find they develop skin tags on the face during pregnancy, particularly if they suffer from other hormonal skin conditions.
Is Removing Skin Tags During Pregnancy Possible?
Unfortunately, it is not a good idea to have skin tags removed while you’re pregnant. This is because the removal could cause an infection that could lead to blood poisoning and harm you or your baby.
The skin tag may be unsightly or uncomfortable but it is not, in itself, harmful.
Once your baby is delivered, you can have skin tags removed by slicing, cauterizing, freezing with liquid nitrogen, or killing with topical creams. Something to look forward to.
More Pregnancy Symptoms and Their Causes:
Since you’re here, why not find out about some of the other pregnancy symptoms caused by those hard-working hormones. It’s better to know in advance than to freak out when they hit! Here are just a few to get you started:
- Morning sickness
- Tingling or Aching Breasts
- Leaking Nipples
- Braxton Hicks Contractions
- Less Usual Pregnancy Symptoms
Or, if you’d rather find out which pregnancy symptoms to expect in each week of pregnancy, flick over to our week by week pregnancy calendar for detailed information on each stage of pregnancy.