When the Itch Won’t Stop During Pregnancy or While Breastfeeding
Disclaimer: This page houses important information and resources pertaining to eczema during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including links to our evidence-based Fact Sheets. However, the resources here should not replace the care and advice of a medical professional.
Reference: Hanifin et al., 2007
Eczema is a group of conditions that cause the skin to become itchy or inflamed and can cause red or darker colored patches during a flare-up. The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis, which is a more severe and long-lasting form of eczema. Common triggers for an eczema flare include dry skin, environmental irritants and allergens, stress, and hormones. This last one is particularly relevant for people who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, as changing hormone levels (specifically estrogen) can cause a worsening of symptoms during pregnancy.
“Having a healthy pregnancy is within reach, even when eczema is on the warpath. During pregnancy and after childbirth, a [person] needs to be well-nourished, well-rested and as free from stress as possible. Excellent self-care is the greatest gift a [person] can give [themselves] and [their] newborn.”— National Eczema Association
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If you’re pregnant and have moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis), please consider enrolling into our observational study to give people better answers about how eczema and its management can affect a pregnancy and a developing baby. You will not be asked to take or change any medications, and you can participate from the comfort of your home.
Please see our library of resources below on eczema exposure during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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- National Eczema Association: Oh, Baby! Eczema from Pregnancy to Menopause
- National Eczema Society: Pregnancy and Eczema
- What to Expect: Eczema During Pregnancy