Mild itching is common in pregnancy because of the increased blood supply to the skin. As your pregnancy progresses and as your baby grows, the skin of your abdomen is stretched and this may also feel itchy. Mild itching is usually nothing to worry about, but if the itching becomes severe it can be a sign of a serious liver condition called obstetric cholestasis.
But to keep your fears at bay, here's the lowdown and what to expect. A variety of reasons are to blame for these pesky changes. Darkening of moles and melasma are caused by an increase in melanocyte-stimulating hormone MSH during pregnancy; the changes in your veins, including the appearance of varicose veins, are due to an increase in your oestrogen levels; while stretch marks appear simply due to the fact your skin has to stretch to accommodate your growing baby.
A year-old woman in the third trimester of pregnancy presented with malaise, a low-grade fever, and a pruritic rash. Her three-year-old son had a similar rash two weeks earlier. On examination, vesicles, umbilicated pustules, and crusted lesions were noted on the face, trunk, and limbs Figures 1 and 2.
Sensitivity, acne, stretch marks—and yes, sometimes rashes. It could be no big deal, or that rash could be a sign of something more serious. Read on to learn what might cause a rash during pregnancy and when to see a doctor.
Itchingwith or without a rash, is a common symptom for many people. Itching can be the result of a skin disease, such as an allergic skin rashor an internal medical issue, such as liver or thyroid disease. Itching during pregnancy can be caused by a few unique diseases related to being pregnant.
PUPPP pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancyalso known as polymorphic eruption of pregnancy PEPis a rash that usually develops in the stretch marks on your stomach in the last stages of your pregnancy. Though the rash is not a pretty sight to behold and causes a lot of itching, it does not pose any serious dangers to you or your baby as other infections during pregnancy. The rash usually appears on the stomach, but it can also spread to the thighs.
Rashes and sensitive skin during pregnancy can seem like your hormones are just adding insult to itchiness. From itchy bumps to rashes and overly sensitive skin, it can be hard to decipher what your body is telling you and how to seek some relief. Heidi Murkoff, What to Expect founder, and her daughter and second-time mom-to-be Emma Bing sit down with dermatologist Dr.
Impetigo herpetiformis is a rare condition that has been reported in fewer than pregnant women. The disease is similar to a type of psoriasis that's called pustular psoriasis, although women with impetigo herpetiformis usually have no personal or family history of psoriasis. Doctors disagree about whether it is a distinct disease that's caused by pregnancy or a form of pustular psoriasis that's triggered by pregnancy. Despite the name "herpetiformis," the rash is not caused by a herpes virus.