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Can I take Skin Friend for my eczema while I'm pregnant or breast feeding?

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Q: "I have severe eczema and I'm breastfeeding. Is it okay to take the Skin Friend supplements while I'm breastfeeding?"

During breast feeding, your body has increased nutritional requirements in order to nourish both your baby and yourself. So taking extra vitamins and minerals can be an important part of your routine. Calcium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C and a range of B vitamins are especially important during this time.

Nutritionist Karen Fischer often prescribes Skin Friend (Skin Friend AM and Calcium Matrix PM) to her patients who are breast feeding. Either the baby has eczema (and the supplements are taken by the mother to enhance her milk quality) or the mother has severe eczema and it is affecting her quality of life and she is prescribed the Skin Friend supplements to boost her nutrition and calm her skin.

During a consultation Karen checks if the mother is taking any prescription medications that might prevent the mother from taking supplements (i.e. medications such as blood thinning/heart medications). If you are taking medications and breast feeding, we suggest checking with your doctor to see if you can take multi-vitamin/mineral supplements while on your medications. With your doctor's okay, it would be fine to take the Skin Friend supplements. 

 

Q: "I have eczema and I'm pregnant. Is it okay to take the Skin Friend supplements?"

During pregnancy, your body has increased nutritional requirements in order to nourish both your baby and yourself. We do suggest you take a pregnancy multivitamin as iron, folic acid, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C and a range of B vitamins are important during this time. Calcium is incredibly important for bone and skin health, and it should be taken separately as it blocks the absorption of iron and zinc (if taken at the same time). 

Nutritionist Karen Fischer occasionally prescribes Skin Friend (Skin Friend AM and Calcium Matrix PM) to her patients who are pregnant if the mother has severe eczema and it is affecting her quality of life. A modified diet that is suitable for pregnancy (part-program, not the full Eczema Diet) is usually prescribed. This is included in a section within the Eczema Diet book.

It is wise to check prescription medications that might prevent you from taking supplements. If you are taking medications or if you are pregnant or breast feeding we suggest seeing your doctor for professional advice. 

 

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