Safely Manage Your Psoriasis During Pregnancy

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Learning you're pregnant makes life busier overnight. So plan ahead to safely manage your psoriasis with less stress. Before you're ready to conceive, go over all of your psoriasis medications with your doctor. They'll help you understand the benefits and health risks of each. Certain drugs raise the risk for birth defects and miscarriage. If you take any, your doctor may tell you to stop or change medications before you try to have a child.

Many prescription meds that go on your skin may still be OK to use in small doses during a flare. And it's definitely safe to ease your symptoms with moisturizer and a cool compress. Use moisturizer often when you're pregnant. Slather it on in areas where your skin stretches, like your belly and thighs.

Do some other things to help keep your psoriasis in check, too. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Avoid alcohol completely. Eat omega-3 fats found in fish and shellfish. They have anti-inflammatory properties. Ease your stress with exercise, but get the green light from your doctor on what types. If you feel depressed, reach out for professional help as soon as possible. And if you smoke, it's crucial to quit right away. It's unhealthy for you and your baby, and it makes psoriasis worse.