Pregnancy and Psoriasis
Planning for a baby and getting pregnant with psoriasis
Women with psoriasis can sometimes feel they have to make a choice between treatment and having a family. It is important to know that having a treatment plan that can support you during pregnancy means you do not have to compromise between control of your psoriasis and planning for a family.
Discuss your family planning options with your healthcare team (e.g. your GP, nurse, dermatologist, obstetrician and gynaecologist, midwife, and pharmacist) early on.
There is a need to continue to control your disease before, during, and after pregnancy. Your dermatologist will be able to explain if your treatment needs to be adapted. Speak to your healthcare team about the most suitable options for you.
Birth and After
Uncontrolled psoriasis can add more stress to this special but challenging time of your life. Asking your loved ones for help with your newborn can give you some time to manage your condition so you can have one less thing to worry about. Speak to them about how you’re feeling - they are there to support you.
Make sure to ask for advice from your healthcare team about the management of your psoriasis after giving birth. It is important that you take care of both your physical and mental health needs.
Breastfeeding is a personal choice. If you wish to breastfeed, you should discuss this with your healthcare team. Not all treatments are compatible with breastfeeding, and some women with psoriasis can often feel they have to make a choice between treatment and breastfeeding.
By discussing your desire to breastfeed and treatment options ahead of time, you can adapt your treatment if necessary.
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