3 Common Pregnancy Skin Conditions. What to Do About Them?

by Paul on February 17, 2014

The miracle of pregnancy and bringing a new person to the world is sometimes so emotionally – rich, so exhilarating and so surprising with each day it passes, that many mothers take everything that happens to them with ease in their hearts and educated concerns to their doctors. Maybe 50 years ago, many new mothers would have panic when seeing all sorts of ulcerations, spots, tags and zits popping up like hot corn on their faces and bodies, but thanks to the technological developments and the unlimited access women have to information nowadays, the pregnancy glow is just something that happens during pregnancy, however bothering it is, and not some sort of mysterious disease.

Women learned to adjust and accept the changes (sometimes hurricane – like ones) that they’re going through and ask for professional advice when necessary. But, in all fairness, even with all this information running wild around us, mothers do get scared sometimes when they find in the morning a skin condition they didn’t have the other night and it is perfectly normal, as they are all concern with their health and the well being of their unborn child. To give mothers their peace of mind, let’s take a look over 3 common pregnancy skin conditions and see what can be done about them.

1. Skin tags

common pregnancy skin conditionsOn some dedicated forums for new mothers, some women showed concern regarding the skin tags, especially because some of them never had a skin tag before in their lives. Doctors agree that skin tags during pregnancy are not something unheard of, together with the pregnancy glow, mask and acne. There are very popular all natural skin tag removers, like TagAway, and just to make things clear, skin tags can be removed in more than one manner, by a doctor or in the comfort of your home. However, specialists recommend pregnant women to remove the skin tags after delivering their baby. By that time the skin tags may disappear by themselves and it’s better to be safe during pregnancy, so whatever is left after the baby is born can be safely removed with TagAway or medical procedures.

2. Palmar erythema

During pregnancy, women experience the bizarre phenomenon of having their palms and soles getting reddish and itchy. They aren’t signs of high blood pressure or some infection, fever condition or something that House MD would love to diagnose. Often included in the list of common pregnancy skin conditions, this one deserves a visit to the doctor if you never experienced it before, but most women blame the infamous “pregnancy hormones” and get on with their lives.

3. Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy

This one sounds horrific in theory, but if you searched the medical resources available, you know that what is commonly known as PUPP is just a skin rash which develops during pregnancy and goes away after delivery. It is unpleasant and uncomfortable, to say the least, but the itchy, reddish patches of skin raising on the abdomen, thighs, hands and legs, bottom or back are inoffensive and can be treated like any other regular pregnancy skin rash under the supervision of your doctor or dermatologist. Some experts say that these common pregnancy skin conditions should not be your primary focus (unless they become serious and aggravating), but the miracles happening inside your body should be the main attention focus and concern.

There are many other common pregnancy skin conditions women resent, as the dark circles around their eyes tend to become darker and some of the new mothers experience also heat rashes, spider veins and the much debated and analyzed linea negra, but under the right supervision, with great care and proper treatments, all the troubles will go away.

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