Can Rosacea & Pregnancy Go Hand in Hand? Unfortunately Yes
It's no secret that body changes (and sometimes shocking birth photos) during pregnancy can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But skin conditions, like rosacea and pregnancy, don't always feel like they should be related. Developing rosacea when you're pregnant is tough on the self esteem, but there are natural ways to calm your skin down before baby arrives! Can you get a rosacea because of pregnancy? We've investigated and found some experts believe that specific life triggers can, in fact, cause the onset of rosacea.
Here are some ways to reduce rosacea while pregnant:
1. Foods with High Histamines & Foods with Low Histamines
People with rosacea should avoid foods with histamines. Histamines cause your blood vessels to swell, or dilate, so that your white blood cells can quickly find and attack the infection or problem.
Histamine Induced Foods:
- alcoholic beverages
- all fermented foods: such as pickled or smoked meats, sauerkraut, kefir, and yogurt
- vinegar-containing foods: pickles, mayonnaise, olives
- cured meats: bacon, salami, pepperoni, luncheon meats and hot dogs
- soured foods: sour cream, sour milk, buttermilk, soured bread, etc
- dried fruit: apricots, prunes, dates, figs, raisins
- most citrus fruits
- aged cheese including goat cheese
- nuts: walnuts, cashews, and peanuts
- vegetables: avocados, eggplant, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes
- smoked fish and certain species of fish: mackerel, mahi-mahi, tuna, anchovies, sardines
Foods Low In Histamines include:
- freshly cooked meat, poultry (frozen or fresh)
- freshly caught fish
- gluten-free grains: rice, quinoa
- pure peanut butter
- fresh fruits: mango, pear, watermelon, apple, kiwi, cantaloupe, grapes
- fresh vegetables (except tomatoes, spinach, avocado, and eggplant)
- dairy substitutes: coconut milk, rice milk, almond milk
- cooking oils: coconut oil and olive oil
- herbal teas
2. Stress & Rosacea
Emotional stress is sometimes difficult to recognize, and it certainly creeps into your life while your pregnant. Planning for baby, deciding on a stroller, thinking about the sleepless nights ahead, and general body discomfort all lead to physical and emotional stress.
Stress control is a very real way to reduce rosacea symptoms, according to the National Rosacea Society. While emotional stress is one of the leading causes of rosacea flare-ups, stress management, like: yoga, deep breathing, daily walks, talk therapy, and having an orgasm (yes, it's true), can be highly effective in reducing stress.
3. Having a hydrated pregnancy & rosacea
A dehydrated body is not a happy body. Especially when it comes to your skin. Your body is going to take care of the baby growing inside, but it's your body that will suffer and be depleted.
Drinking enough water (some say 8 glasses of water a day) will work wonders for you and your pregnancy. One tip to increase your fluid intake: keep a bottle of water on your desk or in your purse. Drink from it often.
By staying hydrated, you are: * flush toxins form the body, * reduce skin dryness which often occurs as a side effect of rosacea treatments. * regulate the core body temperature to keep the skin form becoming flushed or heated * build new tissue * carry nutrients and waste products within the body * aid digestion * help chemical reactions * form amniotic fluid around the fetus and help prevent the uterus from contracting before it should (premature labor).