Hives are a common side effect of new motherhood that many women experience in the first few weeks after giving birth. Although hives are uncomfortable and can be itchy, they aren’t a serious problem for most women. Hives that occur during early pregnancy or within three months after you deliver your baby are known as pregnancy hives. They’re caused by the release of chemical reactions following your delivery such as those associated with emotional stress, anxiety, and hormonal changes. Learn how to treat postpartum hives.
Hives. If you have never had them before, count yourself lucky! These itching bumps are not fun and I know how to treat postpartum hives so that you can move past this problem.
How to Treat Postpartum Hives?
Postpartum hives are a common occurrence after giving birth, and it’s important to know how to treat them!
The first thing you should do when you notice hives is called your doctor. There are many possible causes for hives, so it’s best to rule out any serious conditions before trying home remedies or over-the-counter treatments.
If your doctor says that the hives aren’t serious, then you can follow these steps:
1. Take a warm bath or shower. The warmth from the water will help calm down your nerves and reduce inflammation.
2. Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream on the affected area of skin this should help with itching and inflammation while also offering some relief from pain.
3. Drink plenty of fluids such as water, juice, or soup this will keep you hydrated while also helping flush out any allergens that may be causing your body to react this way in response to something else like an infection or food allergy/sensitivity (which can also cause hives).
4. Use topical antihistamines. A lot of people use these for seasonal hives, but they can be helpful for postpartum hives as well. You’ll want to make sure that you’re applying them directly where the itching is occurring (and not just rubbing them all over).
5. Avoid stress wherever possible. Postpartum hives are often caused by stress or anxiety, so if you can avoid stressing out as much as possible, this will go a long way toward helping with your symptoms!
6. Don’t smoke during pregnancy
7. Eat healthy, balanced meals throughout your pregnancy. Eat healthy foods high in protein and low in sugar, such as eggs, fish, and red meat; nuts; beans; tofu; whole grains like brown rice and quinoa; fruits like berries and bananas; vegetables like broccoli and spinach; and low-fat dairy products like yogurt or kefir (which also have probiotic benefits).
8. Avoid processed foods that are high in fat as well as high-sugar foods like candy bars or sugary drinks like soda