When Do Postpartum Hives Start? Hurts Like Heck Oh Yea, That’s When. Okay, so you’re sitting there scratching like a mad woman thinking that’s it. You have the dreaded postpartum hives and your family is looking at you thinking “yeah, she’s crazy.” Hold on…not so fast. Your hormones are doing a happy dance and in 48 to 72 hours these little suckers start to fade like the fuzz on a peach.
When do postpartum hives start? This question is something that I’ve personally asked myself before. I never want to bring attention to my body, even during this exciting phase. All I want is to feel normal again and get rid of the excess fat on my body as quickly as possible.
When Do Postpartum Hives Start?
Hives are an itchy rash that can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common cause of hives is a reaction to an allergen, such as latex or insect stings. Other causes include heat, cold, stress, exercise, and medications.
Postpartum hives are often mistaken for pregnancy hormones because they usually begin shortly after giving birth. However, postpartum hives are not caused by pregnancy hormones and will go away after a few weeks or months.
Postpartum hives occur when the mother’s immune system overreacts to changes in her body during breastfeeding or after giving birth. These changes cause histamine levels in the skin to increase dramatically which leads to inflammation and swelling around small blood vessels which results in a hive-like rash that lasts anywhere from one day up until several months depending on the severity of symptoms experienced by each patient involved with this type of allergy-related illness that typically affects both men AND women alike (but more so during pregnancy/breast feeding periods).
It’s normal to get hives during pregnancy, but in the first few weeks after giving birth, those hives may last longer than usual. They might also be more severe and include itching and swelling. This is called puerperal urticaria or postpartum hives, and it’s related to the sudden drop in estrogen that happens when your baby is born.
Hives can last from 2 weeks to 6 months after delivery, but it’s not uncommon for them to go away within a few weeks after delivery. So if you’re worried about itching and swelling after having your baby, don’t panic!
The good news is that postpartum hives aren’t dangerous for you or your baby they just might make parenting a little uncomfortable until they go away on their own.