Your body will undergo a range of changes during pregnancy. This can lead to eczema symptoms flaring up among mothers-to-be who already have the condition. It can also lead to skin changes among women who’ve never had eczema before.
If you’re an eczema sufferer and have recently become pregnant, or you’ve noticed skin changes during the course of your pregnancy, it’s recommended that you speak to a GP.
They’ll be able to advise you on the best way to manage symptoms in a way that won’t have any impact on your baby, while they can also provide expert advice on how to minimise flare-ups.
Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a very common skin condition that affects millions of people across the UK. Its symptoms range from fairly mild rashes with occasional itching to swollen, cracked and bleeding patches of skin.
The hormonal changes you experience during pregnancy can make the condition worse. However, in some cases your symptoms may actually improve. Every pregnancy is different and the way the immune system responds varies from person to person.
There’s still a great deal of debate on whether pregnancy can actually cause eczema to develop, or if it just makes existing conditions worse. However, some women do report developing eczema during the course of their maternity.
Eczema causes dry, sensitive and itchy patches of skin to develop. In severe cases, the skin can become so itchy that those with the condition scratch it until it bleeds.
Scratching your skin too vigorously can lead to a vicious cycle, causing the rash to spread to other areas and provoking more inflammation.
You might also notice symptoms like:
Managing your eczema can be difficult enough, even without the limitations pregnancy imposes on treatment.
If you already suffer from eczema and have recently become pregnant, or you’ve begun to notice skin changes during the course of your maternity, you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
They’ll be able to provide advice on the types of treatment that are safest for you and your baby, especially if you plan on breastfeeding.
Our GPs can examine your symptoms, discuss potential treatment options and prescribe the medication you need to properly manage your eczema during pregnancy.