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How to Heal Chapped Lips in Pregnancy

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author image Kimberly Johnson
Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.
How to Heal Chapped Lips in Pregnancy
A woman holding a positive pregnancy test. Photo Credit Alexandr Dubovitskiy/iStock/Getty Images

Many women read about the many symptoms of pregnancy as soon as the first positive test comes back. Yet, one pregnancy ailment that catches many by surprise is chapped lips. In early pregnancy, chapped lips can indicate that you are not consuming enough fluids. In late pregnancy, excess blood flow in the nasal passages causes many women to breathe through their mouths, thus drying out the lips. Easing the pain and irritation of chapped lips during pregnancy requires extra care and time.

Step 1

Monitor your water intake to ensure you are consuming at least 64 ounces of water per day. If you are consuming less that this amount, the baby will take the moisture from your body, thus causing dry skin and chapped lips.

Step 2

Cut a cucumber into thin slices and rub the slices over your lips to help soothe them. Allow the cucumber juice to dry naturally without wiping or licking it off.

Step 3

Apply a moisturizing lip product containing all natural beeswax or organic soybean oil to the lips three to four times per day. These products help trap moisture, thus relieving dryness. Always apply the product every time you go outside, especially during the dry winter months.

Step 4

Asses your breathing to determine if you frequently draw breath through your mouth instead of your nose. If so, you may have congested nasal passages. Treat the stuffiness with a saline nasal spray, which will allow you to breathe through your nose again.

Step 5

Exfoliate the dead skin cells gently using 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and enough water to form a paste. Massage it over your lips with a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush and very little pressure. Rinse your lips with water, pat them dry and immediately apply the moisturizing lip product.

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