Psoriasis and Self-Care During Pregnancy

Sabrina Skiles | May 22nd 2017 Sep 13th 2017

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While living with a chronic, autoimmune disease like psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, self-care is vital to your health. But when you’re pregnant, self-care seems to take a back seat. No judgement — you’re carrying another life inside of you! But here we’ll give you easy tips — along with why it’s important — on how to take care of yourself and manage your psoriasis all while having a happy and healthy pregnancy.

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Do something nice for yourself every day

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Being pregnant takes a lot out of a mama, but doing something nice for yourself will change you in so many ways. Plus, you deserve it. This can be anything from enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea, catching up with an old friend, putting on your favorite song and singing at the top of your lungs. If it puts a smile on your face, then do it!

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Why it’s important

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There comes a feeling of negativity when you have to stop something you know is working and you see results, like taking medication during pregnancy. Spending a few extra minutes on yourself is worth it.

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Stop the mom guilt

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Whether this is your first pregnancy or you’re a pro, the mom guilt always seems to be there. There is no harm in indulging in life’s little luxuries. And if you have to give the iPad to the kids so you can catch up on 15 minutes of work, it’s OK!

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Why it’s important

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After all, you have to take care of yourself so you’ll have the energy to take care of that precious baby and your family. So, as Elsa would say, Let it Go!

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Splurge on your favorite skincare products

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Since you have to stop most medication, including some topicals and steroids, it’s OK to spend a little bit more on your favorite lotion, cream, or shower gel.

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Why it’s important

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It’s important to keep your skin hydrated. People with psoriasis tend to have extra dry skin since our skin cells regrow five times faster than those who don’t have psoriasis. As soon as you step out of the shower, apply the lotion. This helps lock in your skins natural oils and keep your skin hydrated. Check out these Top Skincare Products for Face and Skin.

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Meditate

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This goes hand-in-hand with doing something nice for yourself every day. When you meditate, you eliminate any negative thoughts, worries, or fears that prevent you from being happy. Who doesn’t need that when you’re living with a chronic illness and carrying a new life inside of you?

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Why it’s Important

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Studies show that after eight weeks of constant meditation, you start to see a structural change. It will alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety which are said to be triggers for many living with psoriasis.

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Continue seeing your dermatologist

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Many expectant women stop seeing their dermatologist all together since you have to stop most of the medications during pregnancy. On the contrary, that face-to-face interaction should continue!

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It’s important to continue seeing your doctor on a regular basis so you have a benchmark throughout your pregnancy. Then both of you can determine what treatment is best to continue post-partum.

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Meals and exercise

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Sometimes we are so concerned with getting the right nutrients and vitamins for our baby, that we don’t consider us mamas need the same thing.

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Why it’s important

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Eating a well-balanced meal — with your recommended daily two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables — is vital to your health as a mother and a patient living with psoriasis. A well-balanced diet has also been said to help reduce inflammation in the body. Also, strive to get at least the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day. A walk around the block with the sun on your body will do wonders! And you’ll feel much better, which in turn will help you have a healthier pregnancy.