5 Safe Ways to Manage Psoriasis When Pregnant

Looking for tips on how to manage psoriasis when pregnant? Well, allow us to congratulate you on the pregnancy…and sympathize with the unique challenge that comes with being a pregnant woman with psoriasis.

Pregnancy brings enough to deal with on its own – heartburn, nausea, that unique preggo waddle – and the last thing you need on your plate is a psoriasis breakout.

Not to mention that being pregnant means that you’re more reluctant than ever to use anything that may harm your baby – from medicated psoriasis shampoos to steroid creams, no matter how much you crave the instant relief they provide.

But not to worry – there are several ways you can deal with psoriasis when pregnant. Here are some safe, effective tips to do just that!

Meditate

As stress is one of the triggering factors in psoriasis, doing what you can to reduce stress levels on a daily basis will help reduce psoriasis flare-ups.

Not to mention, it’s great for you baby too.

One app I found invaluable for this was HeadSpace, although there are many good and free meditation apps.

Get Some Sun

Free, wonderfully warm, and a natural source of Vitamin D – good old sunlight is one of the best natural remedies for psoriasis. I

t increases lymphocytes, aka white blood cells, which help defend the body from infections. It kills bad bacteria.

And it may even increase levels of a natural antidepressant in the brain. All good news for psoriasis sufferers.

Go Natural

Use all-natural products whenever you can, especially when it comes to your daily-used beauty and personal care products

You don’t have to throw everything in your cabinets away but try it slowly but surely replace at least lotions, soaps, and shampoo.

As a general rule, replace the things that touch your psoriasis-infected areas first and foremost like the products you use daily.

Moisturize

The importance of keeping your skin supple and moisturized cannot be stressed enough both for those with psoriasis and for pregnant women.

And whereas drugstore lotions and creams are great, we’re big fans of using natural oils for psoriasis as well as nourishing butters like shea, mango and cacao butter.

Another super crunchy moisturizer? Meet tallow. Tallow is rendered from the nutrient-rich fat surrounding the cow’s internal organs – gross, yes, but that’s also what makes it one of nature’s most nourishing moisturizers.

Your skin will eat this stuff right up, which is a good thing since it’s packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, mono-saturated fats, vitamin E and antioxidants – all of which help repair and heal your skin.

And as an animal fat, tallow comes with the additional benefit of being very compatible with the molecular structure of our skin. In fact, its composition is similar to our skin’s natural sebum, which is probably why it feels so wonderfully healing.

Oh, and although tallow goes on a bit greasy, it soaks in pretty quickly, leaving you with a light feeling of deep hydration that prevents drying, flaking and itchiness. It also won’t clog pores and is more helpful than harmful for breakouts.

The only downside is that you will smell a little…beefy. Mix in some essential oils if the smell really bothers you, but waking up to softly moisturized, plump and bright skin will probably make up for smelling like beef.

Substitute Wisely

Both psoriasis and pregnancy mean often going without things that you normally have. But instead of looking at it from a deprivation aspect, I prefer to think about what I get to add rather than what I can’t have.

For example, the one thing I desperately did not want to give up for psoriasis was coffee. I’d been happily addicted to my daily cup or three for at least a decade and the thought of parting with something that smelled so good, tasted so good, and most importantly, kept me sane, was unthinkable.

So instead of focusing on the delicious coffee I was giving up, I busied myself with shopping for and enjoying the process of sipping the most scrumptious smelling teas for the duration of my pregnancy.

It made me feel great that I was doing something healthful for my baby and I like to think it helped the psoriasis as well.

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