I’ve never had dermatitis before, so when I broke out in a sore, itchy, scaly red rash all over my belly at 10 weeks pregnancy I immediately went into panic mode. I didn’t know what was happening, and if it was in fact just a rash, why was it localised to my belly?! I took myself straight away to my local GP.
I’ve never had dermatitis before, so when I broke out in a sore, itchy, scaly red rash all over my belly at 10 weeks pregnancy I immediately went into panic mode.
As it turns out, my doctor advised me that raging pregnancy hormones can cause dermatitis or eczema flare ups in some women. He said it was more than likely that because I’m already sensitive to some foods and have allergies, the hormones just increased my sensitivity even more, resulting in this visible and uncomfortable belly rash. He suggested drinking lots of water, waiting until morning, and if the symptoms got worse to take myself straight to the hospital.
By morning, the symptoms had calmed and I too was feeling a lot more calm about it all (as well as a lot less itchy!).
That morning after my shower, I broke out again. It took several days of trial by elimination to realise that my body wash – the same body wash i had been using for years – was now the cause of my dermatitis!
It’s not just body wash either. I discovered the following irritated my skin too:
- Any body washes, liquids or moisturiser with fragrance
- Any body washes, liquids or moisturiser containing gluten derived ingredient
- Foods containing artificial colouring
- Foods containing preservatives
- Foods containing yeast
- Foods containing gluten
- Foods and drinks high in sugar
Everybody is different, and I would recommend always talking to your doctor, OBGYN and a dermatologist with your concerns about skin changes during pregnancy.
I miss some of my favourite foods and products so much. I’m counting down until I can have them again! Avoiding the things that irritate my skin certainly contributes to much more comfortable pregnancy though in the meantime.
This story is a REAL LETTER sent from Lynne, 24 yo, Sydney, Australia. Edited by Dear Bub.