If you have been keeping track of your moles, which you should be doing, you might have noticed some changes that occur when pregnant.
Some women develop new moles or have existing ones grown darker, redder or bigger. These changes are very common and should not worry you overmuch.
However, changing moles are not the thing to totally ignore and forget all about. You may find yourself dealing with the deadliest of all skin cancers, melanoma.
Where do moles grow during pregnancy; see pictures
Moles during pregnancy can appear on any part of the body. However, body parts like the thighs, face, underarms and genital areas are more prone to experience the most noticeable changes.
Even when not pregnant, you are advised to keep examining your moles, especially after a shower. You can preferably take and keep pictures for easy comparison in the future.
What causes moles during pregnancy?
Just like a canker sore on the lip, you can only find information on predisposing factors but not the actual cause. This is because such conditions are not infections.
Professionals associate the changes observed in moles during pregnancy with changes experienced in hormonal levels. During pregnancy, complex processes involving production and inhibition of hormones are experienced. These are thought to be the main cause of evolving moles.
Increased vasodilation can also contribute to darkening of moles. In this case, blood vessels will come too close to the skin. Since some moles develop when some blood vessels have clumped together, more blood in them will mean a more darkly pigmented mole.
Are new moles during pregnancy signs of cancer?
You can wake up to a new mole when pregnant. Another can suddenly change in pigmentation or mass. These changes are likely to not be related to cancer. To stay on the safe side, here are the features to look for in normal moles:
- Both halves should mirror one another; no distortions
- The edges should be regular, mostly round
- A particular color should persist. Even if they are to change during pregnancy, the moles should grow a bit darker rather than develop multi-colored patches
- It should not gain a lot of mass overnight. Larger than 6 mm moles are not a good sign
- It should resemble a tiny dome
If you have a history or cancer or are genetically predisposed, get a dermatologist to check new or changing moles during pregnancy. Even though you are unlikely to test positive with melanoma, nobody needs to take chances with their health.
Moles during pregnancy treatment
After the pregnancy, new moles that appeared during pregnancy are likely to disappear even without treatment. In fact, you may not even notice that they were there in the first place.
More like benign white spots on skin, such moles can cause some discomfort of their own kind especially if they appear on the face. In such cases, you can consider treatment.
Clinically, doctors get rid of moles by burning, freezing or poisoning them with laser beams. These methods can also be accompanied by creams containing salicylic acid and antibiotics for infected moles.
Depending on the situation, a dermatologist can choose to go ahead with treatment or postpone the same until after pregnancy. This is because such treatment can cause trauma and end up affecting the pregnancy especially in the final stages.
Treatment for new moles during pregnancy at home
It is quite tempting to remove some moles that have just popped up or are growing darker and bigger. If you are certain that it is a typical mole you are dealing with, home removal can be done.
The most recommendable remedy is tea tree oil for moles. It is a very mild remedy and is unlikely to cause irritations even to the genital areas. In fact, some people do find it effective in treating bumps on the tongue.
Removal of moles during pregnancy with over the counter kits
Most professionals will advise you to keep away from over the counter and home removal techniques for moles even skin tags during pregnancy. This is not without a good reason. As well as than risking trauma and vaginal infections, such operations can end up triggering pregnancy complications.
Have your doctor treat the moles or just wait for them to clear after the pregnancy.
Caring for new moles during pregnancy
It will be understandable if a man starts to worry about some white spots on the penis. It is equally understandable when a woman is alarmed by new or evolving moles during her pregnancy.
In the mornings after your bath, examine your moles and note any observable changes. Repeat the same before going to bed. If any of the moles show signs contrary to the features of a normal mole that were discussed earlier, have it checked in a clinic.