Why has my eczema got so bad in pregnancy?

August 11, 2017

Exhaustion, heartburn, nausea and now a bout of eczema too? Surely someone's having a joke. Unfortunately, lots of women who suffer from eczema find that their symptoms become worse during pregnancy (although there are a few who experience a complete recovery until the birth; lucky ladies). But why does this happen?

  1. Pregnancy turns your body into a chemistry lab; remember, you're chocked full of hormones, like progesterone and oestrogen, and these internal changes can trigger a flare up of eczema, affect your mood and make you feel lethargic and sleepy.
  2. Becoming a mum also comes with its own set of worries; will I be able to handle the birth? what kind of parent will I be? will my scans be ok? Stress is a well-known eczema trigger so it sounds about right that your skin will begin to feel extra itchy and sore if you allow your worries to get on top of you.
  3. Hormone changes can also affect the way that skincare products react with your skin. Your usual moisturiser might need replacing with a different variety that can meet the needs of your pregnancy skin. Your baby bump will be growing too, causing your skin to stretch and feel tight, uncomfortable and drier than usual across your tummy. Using a richer moisturiser or a nourishing oil will combat this dryness and help you to better control your eczema throughout your pregnancy.

 

Adapt your skincare routine, try to avoid stress as much as possible, keep your bedroom cool at night and wear cotton clothing to manage your pregnancy eczema the natural way.

**Visit your doctor if your eczema has become inflamed, sore and keeps you up at night. You may be advised to use a prescription cream until the worst of it is alleviated. You can continue to use a natural moisturiser to manage your eczema again once the harsher symptoms are under control.**

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