What’s the Deal with Psoriasis and Pregnancy?

Psoriasis and PregnancyMore great news, in the majority of cases psoriasis does not affect your pregnancy or ability to conceive. In fact, up to 60% of women reported their psoriasis symptoms got better during their pregnancy. About 20% reported their skin stayed the same and the other 20% saw their psoriasis worsen. Please keep in mind, this is different from person to person and even from pregnancy to pregnancy.

Plan to speak to your dermatologist and/or rheumatologist as soon as you find out you’re pregnant to discuss treatment options for the duration of your pregnancy and postpartum, if you plan to nurse. To be on the safe side, most doctors recommend that you stop taking most psoriasis medications once you plan to or become pregnant. There are some options to consider if your skin becomes irritating, such as natural products, topical treatments or UVB phototherapy.

Will my child have psoriasis? Another great question, but unfortunately there is no way to know if your sweet baby will also have psoriasis. There is belief that psoriasis has a genetic component, about 1/3 of people affected have a relative that also has psoriasis. My grandma had psoriasis, but none of her children did, and then there was lucky me.

Having just recently given birth to the most gorgeous little lady, I am happy to report that I was one of the 60% and my skin stayed 95% clear throughout my pregnancy. BUT now that baby Reece is here and growing up too quickly before my eyes, I am starting to notice spots quickly taking up residency on my legs, stomach, back, chest and scalp. Since my days now just roll into the next with no separation of day and night, its hard to say how quickly they’re appearing, but it feels like new spots are appearing daily. Before and during my pregnancy, I religiously used coconut oil as a moisturizer because I believed it was helping to keep my spots in check, but my usage has decreased quite a bit since little Reecie girl arrived. I need to be more mindful of my own skin to ensure it doesn’t get out of control, so more to come on the new spots situation!




  1. i just had my little girl 12 weeks ago. I didn’t use any treatments while pregnant and my psoriasis actually got better. My elbows were clear and so was one of my legs. But after having her, I’ve been experiencing a flare up. A big flare up! Elbows, shins, scalp, ears, face, stomach, hands. I am nursing and don’t want to use anything that could leak into my breast milk and so I’m just using a natural moisturizer, which isn’t really doing anything at all. I’ve been pretty bummed about it, especially with summer quickly approaching, the skin bearing season. 😦

  2. During my pregnancy, psoriasis disappeared totally from my body. this lasted until six month after giving birth than started to show up again :(. last year I had my tonsils and took some antibiotics and it was spread so mush in my body. than it happened again one year later in the same period, tonsils and psoriasis all over my body.

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