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Does Pregnancy Cause Skin Tags?

Being Pregnant is one of the best things a woman can experience. However, pregnancy not only brings new life but can also bring a few physical changes to your body, along with it  One of those is skins tags. The short answer to the question ” Does Pregnancy Cause Skin Tags ?” is Yes.

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are growths of skin or clusters of cells. Skin tags are attached to the skin by a short, narrow stalk called a ‘peduncle’. These extra growths of cells are often found in the places where the skin rubs against itself or clothing. They are a few millimeters long flesh colored growth of skin which are known to be harmless and are very common during pregnancy. Skin tags generally cause no physical pain or discomfort.  They are usually the color of one’s natural skin tone but can be slightly darker as well, depending on where they are located and their blood supply. 

What causes skin tags during pregnancy?


We mentioned that skin tags tend to form in areas of high friction,t there are however other factors that can cause skin tags, such as hormone fluctuation. Pregnancy is a time when skin is the most delicate. During pregnancy, a woman’s body experiences an increase in hormone levels which causes the hyperactive growth of a superficial skin layer,  known as a skin tag. Skin tags mostly go unnoticed during pregnancy and are usually only noticed after childbirth. 


Even while nursing, a woman’s hormones are moving at a rapid rate. This still increases the chance of skin tags forming. During breastfeeding, nipples become high friction areas, so coupled together with increased hormones women can develop skin tags around their nipples due to this. They are harmless growths, but some moms prefer to have them removed in case they interfere with breastfeeding their newborn or become irritated from the increased friction.

Changes in your body

Weight gain or at least a change in body shape is inevitable with pregnancies. The change of shape will sometime create more areas of friction and often on sensitive skin. As we know, skin friction is one of the contributing factors to the development of skin tags, and together with pregnancy hormones, one may see an increase of skin tags forming.

Will skin tags disappear after giving birth?

As a change in hormones may have created new skin tags, one hopes that as our hormones settle, the skin tags will disappear. This is sometimes the case, but not always. Some skin tags do just shrink and disappear after childbirth and nursing, but if they don’t skin tags are easily moved and some people even do it themselves at home. It is best to wait until after the pregnancy and nursing, as the hormones in your body may just create new ones.

Are skin tags contagious for my baby?

No, skin tags are not contagious and skin tags developed during pregnancy are not passed on to your baby. However, genetics is one of the contributing factors to skin tags, so if you had skin tags prior to falling pregnant, there is a chance your child may develop them at some stage of their life.

Even though skin tags are more prevalent on aging skin, babies have been known to develop them too. Babies are little eating, sleeping machines, so occasional due to their little skin folds forming on their sensitive skin, they can sometimes develop them too. They are not harmless, but if they are worrying you, it is a good idea to speak to your GP or pediatrician about them.

Can I prevent skin tags during pregnancy?

There is not too much that can be done to prevent skin tags growing during pregnancy, as much of it is hormonal, however it is a good idea to keep high friction areas and skin folds dry and clean.  Ensure you are maintaining a healthy diet, full of fruits and veg and avoid caffeine as much as possible.   There are many options for removing skin tags but it is suggested to wait at least until you have given birth. Special wart and skin tag removers can be effective, but should NOT be tried while pregnant. These seep into the skin and are not advised to try during pregnancy.

It can really be frustrating to discover these new growths on top of all the other changes your body is going through. But try to relax and focus on the new gift joining your family. There is plenty time later to have your skin tags removed.





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