Is it normal to get a skin rash after pregnancy?

Is it normal to get a skin rash after pregnancy?

Pregnancy comes along with a lot of good as well as bad experiences. After giving birth, the new mother completely forgets about herself. And all she does is take care of the newborn and feed them. Hormonal changes during and after the pregnancy are really very difficult to handle. Most of the women suffer from skin rash post-pregnancy and back pain which is very common and sometimes irritating.

Postpartum Hives

The red and itchy skin all around the body part after pregnancy is known as postpartum hives. This occurs when a protein(histamine) is released into the bloodstream of a new mother. 

Now the question arises whether rashes are normal after pregnancy or not?

According to the study, around 20% of women suffer from skin rashes after giving birth to a child. The rashes can occur anytime after you give birth and they usually appear on the feet, back, and arms.

What Is The Cause Of Skin Rashes After Pregnancy?

There can be a lot of reasons behind the skin rash after you gave birth. Below mentioned are some of the reasons why you may have skin rash after pregnancy.

  • Because of some kind of insect stings or bite
  • Changes in hormone after pregnancy
  • Due to certain medications
  • Stress can also be the reason
  • Some kinds of food
  • Environment conditions 


There are no specific symptoms of rashes after pregnancy. The rashes after pregnancy are as common as on normal people. You can find raised welts on your skin after a few days of pregnancy which is one of the main symptoms. 

The complication of skin rash

Some types of rashes can be life-threatening and can bring complications to your life. These rashes can sometimes affect your whole body and you may also have problems breathing.

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Treatment of skin rash after pregnancy

  1. Water – drinking plenty of water and other fluids can help you to get rid of rashes after pregnancy.
  2. Application – some type of cream and lotion can help you to relieve the red patches and burning of the rashes. But before applying different creams you must consult with your doctor.
  3. Stress – even stress can be the major factor of different kinds of rashes. After pregnancy, you must learn to manage your stress level as much as possible. Post-pregnancy lots of women try to do lots of work without taking rest which is the worst. After pregnancy, you should meditate and take lots of rest to stay away from these kinds of rashes. 
  4. Help – after pregnancy you should get help in every work you do as after that you can save lots of time and take rest. By taking help you can also save time and spend time with your little child. 
  5. Dermatologist – you can also go to a dermatologist and get the best medications for the rashes after pregnancy.

Home Remedies to remove skin rash after pregnancy

Mentioned below are some of the home remedies which you can try for the rashes after pregnancy. These home remedies are natural and safe so you should not worry about the reaction:


There are lots and lots of benefits of oatmeal which can be used in many ways. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties which can help you to soothe your affected part of the body. Oatmeal can also help you to relieve itching and swelling due to rashes. 

How to use Oatmeal?

For using oatmeal on your rashes you need to take a cup of oatmeal and put it on a microfibre cloth. Then you need to soak it in hot water for 20 min and put it in your bathwater. After that, you just need to soak yourself in that water for around 15 minutes, and you are done. But never forget to check the water before going for a bath as very hot water can further irritate your skin.

•Cold Compress

A cold compress can help the blood vessel to shrink and stop releasing histamine. Itching and swelling can also be relieved with the help of a cold compress. 

How to use compress?

To use a cold compress you will need a towel to wrap the ice and place it on the affected area. You should try this cold compress 2 – 3 times a day. If you are not able to apply ice then you can also take a cold water bath. 

•Aloe Vera Gel

aloe vera gel has hundreds of beneficial effects. It is also effective on rashes after pregnancy. Aloe vera gel has a healing and soothing quality which reduces swelling and itching.

How to use aloe vera gel?

You can take a fresh aloe vera and remove its pulp and apply it directly to the affected areas of your body. Then you can leave it for 20 – 25 minutes and rinse it with cold water. You can apply aloe vera gel around 2 – 3 times a day. 

•Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has lots of anti-inflammatory properties and is really useful when you are suffering from itchy rashes. The inflammation caused due to rashes after pregnancy can be a relief with the help of apple cider vinegar.

How to use apple cider vinegar?

To use apple cider vinegar on the affected area you need to mix it with the same amount of water and apply it with a cotton pad. Don’t forget to clean your skin before applying and you can apply this 2 times in a day. 

How Long Do Rashes Last?

I know just after pregnancy you developed this condition and you are not able to spend your time with the little one. And you want to get rid of these rashes as soon as possible but this condition generally takes 6 – 8 weeks to resolve itself. The great thing is that with lots of proper care it can also take less time than mentioned. 

The thing about this rash trouble the most for mothers is that what if this thing affects the baby. All the medications for rashes after pregnancy are safe for your baby. But you should always consult your doctor before taking any kind of medication after pregnancy. You can go for home remedies but if your rashes persist then visit a dermatologist.

Antara Chowdhary

Antara Chowdhury is a Content Marketer and Strategist with 6 years of experience. She is Master degree holder in Journalism and wants to explore everything she can write on.

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