I wanted to update you on the acne situation as being pregnant my options have been limited but I feel like I have made significant progress!
However, in the 2 weeks since I posted things got much worse before they started getting better:
There was so much pain and swelling it was affecting sleeping, eating and talking. The infection got so bad a huge lymph node appeared under my chin – i didn’t even know we had lymph nodes there. I had to stay home from work for 2 days as at this point all I was doing was applying a tea tree oil compress 3 times a day and I couldn’t do that at work. Plus make up was just making it worse and the removal of it almost impossible without making it bleed. There was no way I was going to work with no make up on.
I did pluck up the courage to go to my pregnancy yoga class as I was feeling so low about being stuck in the house and just forced myself to get out. It was really hard as I had only been once and didn’t know anyone and was just mortified about my skin. I felt I had to bring it up so when we went around and did names and how we were feeling I talked about it and it was really good to talk with them so I was glad I went.
I knew I could not continue as I was and I needed to take more drastic action. I could not see how I could go another day feeling so down and in pain. So after much reading on the internet and particularly Tracy McCullough’s blog and ebook I decided to radically change my diet by removing gluten and diary completely. So no bread, pasta, biscuits, milk, cheese, yogurts etc. plus a whole host of other foods that have gluten and diary in them. Previously I have cut sugar and gluten out of my diet which cleared my skin up completely.
My main concern was getting enough calcium for baby, but actually our calcium requirements are the same when pregnant – 1000mg a day. And calcium doesn’t come from diary exclusively, it’s a mineral that comes from the ground and is found in green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts and fish. So actually getting my 1000mg has just meant eating extra healthy which is no bad thing at the moment.
Tracy’s book explains really well the impact of diary and gluten on your hormones. I don’t think i’m allergic to them as such but i do think by eliminating them completely its allowing my hormones to settle and for my body to fight the infection.
It’s definitely helping! It’s been over 10 days now and the swelling and pain is almost completely gone. I still have a long way to go but I am so encouraged that it’s going in the right direction without having to resort to antibiotics while pregnant.
Me on Weds, 10 days after changing diet:
I haven’t found the diet that hard, I think because I like all foods so i will happily eat veg, meat, fish, fruit, brown rice, rice cakes, oats, nuts and seeds and haven’t had an issue with variety or snacks which are so important to me at the moment!
My main snacks are:
Nuts with dried fruit or seeds
Oat cakes or Rice cakes with marmite or peanut butter on
Very occasional treats:
Nairns Oat ginger biscuits
Kettle chips with salsa or guacamole dip – these are the only gluten free crisps i can find.
Bessant & drury coconut milk ice cream – available from Waitrose
I have bought some gluten free pasta and bread but I haven’t really needed to eat it.
I am also avoiding sugar as much as possible so no sweets for me but I have definitely become more of a savoury person since being pregnant.
At the yoga class the teacher recommended a homeopath who mostly treats pregnant woman, I saw her on saturday and received a remedy from her today so I am hoping that also helps get things cleared up. She prescribed Sulphur 30 for 7 days, then a week off and take for another 7 days. I will post an update after my 1st 7 days. I am not sure what I think of homeopathy, I am very open to most things and thought I would try it. It’s safe in pregnancy which is the main thing.
She also gave me some calendula 5% cream which is helping soothe it as the tea tree oil i very drying (and I am diluting it loads) I have given the tea tree oil a break for now. Other than that I have stripped my skin care back to the bare basics for now and just focusing on cleansing really well morning and night.
Will keep you posted!