If you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you’re probably wondering how your psoriasis factors into these nine months and beyond. Could your psoriasis affect your baby? Will it get worse—or could it get potentially get better? And is your current treatment safe to continue? We’ve got answers to the most common questions about being pregnant when you have psoriasis.
How Psoriasis Affects Pregnancy
Psoriasis shouldn’t stand in the way of a healthy, full-term pregnancy or a straightforward delivery. One study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that women with severe psoriasis were 1.4 times more likely to have a baby with low birth weight than those without psoriasis. On the other hand, those with mild psoriasis didn’t have a significantly higher risk of low birth weight, C-section, or preeclampsia, which is good news. As is the fact that psoriasis has never been linked to miscarriage or birth defects.
No matter your severity, it’s important to stay on top of your prenatal care by seeing your OB/GYN regularly. They can closely monitor you and your baby to help keep your pregnancy as healthy as possible.