More great news, in the majority of cases psoriasis does not affect your pregnancy or ability to conceive. In fact, up to 60% of women reported their psoriasis symptoms got better during their pregnancy. About 20% reported their skin stayed the same and the other 20% saw their psoriasis worsen. Please keep in mind, this is different from person to person and even from pregnancy to pregnancy.
Plan to speak to your dermatologist and/or rheumatologist as soon as you find out you’re pregnant to discuss treatment options for the duration of your pregnancy and postpartum, if you plan to nurse. To be on the safe side, most doctors recommend that you stop taking most psoriasis medications once you plan to or become pregnant. There are some options to consider if your skin becomes irritating, such as natural products, topical treatments or UVB phototherapy.
Will my child have psoriasis? Another great question, but unfortunately there is no way to know if your sweet baby will also have psoriasis. There is belief that psoriasis has a genetic component, about 1/3 of people affected have a relative that also has psoriasis. My grandma had psoriasis, but none of her children did, and then there was lucky me.
Having just recently given birth to the most gorgeous little lady, I am happy to report that I was one of the 60% and my skin stayed 95% clear throughout my pregnancy. BUT now that baby Reece is here and growing up too quickly before my eyes, I am starting to notice spots quickly taking up residency on my legs, stomach, back, chest and scalp. Since my days now just roll into the next with no separation of day and night, its hard to say how quickly they’re appearing, but it feels like new spots are appearing daily. Before and during my pregnancy, I religiously used coconut oil as a moisturizer because I believed it was helping to keep my spots in check, but my usage has decreased quite a bit since little Reecie girl arrived. I need to be more mindful of my own skin to ensure it doesn’t get out of control, so more to come on the new spots situation!