The stage: PregnancyThe hormonal gist: Dr. Wu says that "during pregnancy, your body produces up to 50 percent more blood to nourish your growing baby. As a result, your skin may look more rosy and glowy, and you might also notice more spider veins on your face, chest and legs." She also notes other ancillary happenings like the appearance of varicose veins -- though the news isn't all bad -- "many women notice that their hair and nails are thicker and grow more quickly when they’re pregnant," she says, but is quick to note that there "may be some hair thinning after delivery."
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