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 much.
However, changing moles are not the thing to 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, underarm and genital areas are more prone to experience most noticeable changes.
Even when not pregnant, you are advised to keep examining your moles especially after shower. You can preferably take and keep pictures for easy comparison in future.
What causes moles during pregnancy?
Just like a canker sore on 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 process involving production and inhibition of hormones are experienced. This is 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 darker pigmented mole.
Are causes of 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 moles during pregnancy or changing ones. As much you are unlikely to test positive with melanoma, chances need not be taken.
Moles during pregnancy treatment
After the pregnancy, new moles during pregnancy are likely to disappear even without treatment. In fact, you may not even notice that there were there in the first place.
More like benign white spots on skin, such moles can cause some discomfort of its own kind especially if they appear on the face. In such case, 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 typical moles 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 tongue.
Removal of moles during pregnancy with over the counter kits
Most professionals will advise you to keep off over the counter and home removal techniques for moles even skin tags during pregnancy. This is not without a good reason. Other 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 gets to worry about some white spots on penis. It is equally understandable when a woman is alerted by new moles or evolving ones during pregnancy.
In the mornings after bath, examine your moles and note any observable change. Repeat the same before going to bed. If any of the moles show signs contrary to the features of a normal mole that we discussed earlier, have it checked in a clinic.