Having a new member of the family due to arrive is a pleasure we wish to support. The role of our London dermatology clinics is to offer you and your unborn child professional advice, or treatment for skin conditions.
Acne and to a lesser extent rosacea are examples of conditions which can erupt during pregnancy. Often treated with isotretinoin but this can damage a child in the womb, an alternative is required.
Safe options are available, as they are for many conditions. Dermatology during pregnancy is about specialist care for mother and baby. Our consultants help you find solutions, during a time your body is constantly changing.
Pregnancy causes variations in your hormonal balance, metabolism and immune system. That physiological changes follow is rational, part of nature, even though the effect they have on your skin can be unwanted.
You may have heard of specific conditions such as atopic, or polymporphic eruption of pregnancy, pemphigoid gestationis, prurigo of pregnancy. They can occur, although similar symptoms could have historic causes.
Your reaction to pregnancy will be as unique as you were before becoming pregnant, a shared and perhaps weakened immune system might allow previously existing conditions to come to the surface.
Research has shown that more patients attend dermatology clinics during pregnancy due to exacerbated, pre-existing, or common skin diseases, than from those purely due to their pregnancy. There can equally be a combination of both.
The reason we avoid too much detail on conditions is because they should be identified as part of a thorough, personal diagnosis. All our staff support the change you are going through by recognising this is yours alone.
Care For Mother & Child
We appreciate the discomfort and uncertainty changes during pregnancy can bring. They could include pigmentation variations, hair and nail changes, vascular eruptions, skin tags, stretch marks, or a combination.
Our consultants equally understand that symptoms could pass across the placenta. In a similar way, choosing incorrect treatments may have an adverse effect on your baby.
Ensuring you are well, feeling good and comfortable is our first wish and a contribution to a happy pregnancy. We must still make sure your baby is equally well and cared for.
Dermatology during pregnancy needs at times to take a different approach. Cosmetic, or medical treatments with harmful contents, or certain preservatives should be avoided, alternatives used in their place.
Conditions which might often be treated with medication can instead be treated physically, with microdemabrasion, laser, or light therapy.
Specialist advice on cosmetic use, your daily routine, exercise and diet could play a part. We are here to offer all round care, to support both of you.
Coming To Skin Care Network
Alongside our London children’s dermatology service, our clinics cater fully for patients during pregnancy. They will arrange an appointment with a consultant dermatologist, for a detailed consultation.
Seeking advice during pregnancy is important, even if concerns you have are fairly new, or not yet serious. Early diagnosis often reduces treatment and improves outcome for mother and baby.
We are not clock watching, or impersonal, medical care is and should be personal care. All the time and support you need will be offered, alongside safe solutions.
If a friendly, focused approach to dermatology during your pregnancy makes sense to you, our London clinic is there to help.
For any advice on dermatology during pregnancy, or to arrange an appointment, call 020 8441 1043, or send an email via the Make An Appointment button below.