Pregnancy is a time when your body undergoes many different changes. These changes often need special treatment and care.
Others have visible changes in their skin colour, causing dark patches on the face.
These symptoms that occur during pregnancy aren't often discussed, but are very common.
During pregnancy many women experience a rash, which is very common during the pregnancy stages as the skin visibly changes.
During pregnancy, there is also a higher blood hormone level and this can have an effect on your skin.
There isn't anything harmful about most skin changes as far as the health of your baby and you are concerned.
On the whole, these changes become normalized within a few months after your baby is born. But there are some skin conditions that can indicate other underlying problems so it's always best to get this looked at and treated.
Most of these changes are directly linked to the enormous amount of hormonal fluctuations you experience during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, there are all kinds of changes which can have impact on your skin, leading to new skin problems or worsening of existing ones.
A certain rash that is common during the last half of the last trimester, is seen often in women carrying for the first time or women carrying multiple babies.
This skin condition is called Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy or PUPPP. This common pregnancy rash starts at the belly and spreads to your arms, ankles, and the inner thigh area.
This can cause a non-stop itch and can be quite frustrating. Fortunately, this ceases after the birth of your baby but nonetheless, it can be hard to tolerate.
Some studies have shown that there is a higher incidence of the birth of a boy when you have a PUPPP rash.
You might not get this before the sixth month of pregnancy, but there are exceptions. The rash starts with stretch marks in the abdomen.
When this rash occurs, you should see your doctor to rule out any serious conditions like Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy or ICP, which is caused by liver failure.
When your doctor has confirmed that the rash isn't due to ICP, you can start treating the PUPPP rash if that is the correct diagnosis.
Exfoliating the area can help make you more comfortable, but you shouldn't take a hot shower or bath because it will cause your skin to become too dry.
Use lotions after you have exfoliated and try your best not to scratch yourself. Sometimes cortisone creams work well, but if not, ask your physician for a mild medicated cream.
Also, ask your doctor if you can safely take Benadryl or other histamine blockers to control the itchiness.
Some other options to try are tea tree oil, and diaper rash creams. PUPPP appears around the last three weeks of pregnancy, and the worst of the rash lasts around 2 weeks.
Unfortunately, you may even get the rash before your third trimester. Keep your focus on your beautiful baby inside you and know that this is a temporary discomfort.
See a physician to rule out other issues such as a stress rash or eczema.
The upside is that the rash will fade away after delivery. So if you are experiencing this common pregnancy rash, use lotions, creams, and warm baths to soothe your skin and your sanity.
Acne is another pregnancy rash skin condition that may get better or worse during pregnancy.
Acne is, at least in part, driven by hormones, so the hormones of pregnancy can lead to more breakouts for some women, and clearer skin for others.
If you are pregnant, be sure to watch for these skin problems of pregnancy.
If you begin to develop any of these conditions, seek appropriate medical advice; you don't have to suffer through these conditions for the whole nine months.
Chances are that your doctor will have recommendations which can address your skin problems so you can have a healthy, beautiful skin, even while you're pregnant.
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