Hormonal changes are responsible for many pregnancy symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, fatigue, mood swings and breast tenderness. What you might not expect to see during pregnancy are changes to your skin, but they're more common than you think.

A 2007 study of 607 pregnant women in India revealed that all study participants experienced physiological skin changes. The most common changes were pigmentary alterations and stretch marks, but other skin conditions, such as eczema, skin tags, rashes, acne and peeling, can also occur.

What causes skin peeling during pregnancy?

Peeling skin can be alarming, especially if it doesn't show signs of improving, but this is a very common symptom in pregnancy, according to Geeta Yadav, M.D., a dermatologist and the medical director and founder of Facet Dermatology in Toronto.

"Hormonal changes and skin stretching can weaken the transepidermal skin barrier