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Will my psioriasis symptoms change while I'm pregnant?

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There’s no way to predict how your psoriasis will act while you’re expecting. Studies show that around half of women with chronic plaque psoriasis see their condition get better during pregnancy, especially in the first and second trimester. But 10%-20% of women find that it gets worse.

It’s likely that any improvement you see in your psoriasis during pregnancy will go away after your baby is born.

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Calcipotriene.”

BMJ: “Management of psoriasis in pregnancy.”

Brazilian Annals of Dermatology: “Treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

FDA.gov: “Draft Guidance on Tazarotene.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis.”

Medscape: “Psoriasis and the Pregnant Woman.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treatment with Systemics,” “Treatment with Topicals During Pregnancy.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 5, 2017

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Calcipotriene.”

BMJ: “Management of psoriasis in pregnancy.”

Brazilian Annals of Dermatology: “Treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

FDA.gov: “Draft Guidance on Tazarotene.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis.”

Medscape: “Psoriasis and the Pregnant Woman.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treatment with Systemics,” “Treatment with Topicals During Pregnancy.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 5, 2017

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