The pregnancy glow…that itches?November 21st, 2008 by amy
While plenty of pregnant women experience the legendary pregnancy glow with to-die-for skin to match their lustrous nails and thick hair, some of us may find that the beautiful skin we’d been looking forward as a pregnancy perk didn’t quite work out as planned.
While the correlation is still unclear, some women experience flare-ups in eczema during pregnancy. Eczema is a general term for a variety of skin conditions characterized by red inflamed skin and an itch that won’t stop, which is why it has been dubbed “the itch that rashes”. It is chronic and relapsing, and is very common in newborns and young children - approximately 10 to 20 percent of the worlds population is affected at some point during childhood.
Some of us, myself included, are “lucky” enough to have this condition follow us through adulthood and need to learn to control flare-ups through watching the triggers. Since eczema is thought to be an abnormal reaction to irritants, there are lots of steps one can take to try and control outbreaks.
So take a break from itching (keep those fingernails short so you don’t break the skin!) and keep reading for some tips on how to keep eczema in check:
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize Leave the light fruity concoctions at the door - I’ve found that the thick, unscented, natural creams (characterized by their thickness over lotion) work the best. Even better, if you and your bedmate can stand it, moisturize and wear cotton gloves overnight to soak it all in.
Hydrate! Drink up - that is, if what you’re drinking is water, Glow Mama or other hydrating beverage. All those other vices (coffee, soda, alcohol) won’t do the trick.
Be Gentle Advice I often give my toddler is also relevant here. Steer clear of harsh soaps, detergents and chemical cleansers.
Reduce Stress I know, this one is easier said then done, but especially if you are pregnant, try to slow down - take a prenatal yoga or pilates class, or go for a nice long walk to keep yourself calm.
Stay comfortable Try to steer clear extreme temperature changes and avoid really long, hot showers, which are drying to the skin - and then repeat tip #1 - moisturize!