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Rashes in pregnancy (rash awareness)

It is important to get any rash checked out when you are pregnant- especially if you are feeling unwell.

Although most rashes are harmless, there are some conditions that can cause problems with you and your baby. Some conditions that are usually harmless can lead to more serious symptoms when you are pregnant.

If you develop a rash illness whilst you are pregnant, please contact your GP or midwife straightaway.

You should keep away from areas where their are pregnant women until you have been assessed.

The doctor or midwife will need to examine you to determine which kind of rash you have. They will ask for a full history of who you may have been in contact with, your medical history and previous vaccinations you have had. You may also need to have blood tests to see what the rash could be and how it is affecting your body.

If there is any risk to your baby, you will be offered screening tests such as amniocentisis (a sample of the fluid from around the baby is taken and tested), or regular scans. It is very uncommon for rash illnesses to cause problems with babies, but we will always be on the safe-side and keep a check on you both.

If you feel unwell with the rash it is important to be seen by a doctor, pregnancy can make symptoms worse. 

Please click on the links below for other rash/ itching problems in pregnancy:

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