5. Avoid medications that can affect your pregnancy
Always consult your doctor before you and your partner plan to conceive. A ‘washout’ period might be necessary to avoid complications such as birth defects and miscarriages due to medications1
. Once you’re pregnant, your doctor may adjust your medications and dosage accordingly.
As a rule of thumb, mild psoriasis is usually treated with topical medication such as mild topical corticosteroids and moisturizers4
. Moderate to severe psoriasis can be treated with UVB phototherapy5
, cyclosporin or some biologic agents. You may consider biologic agents for severe, treatment-refractory psoriasis during pregnancy.
Harmful treatments that should be avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding include psoralens, UVA light therapy, methotrexate and acitretin6