Usually, hives occur due to allergies. But, postpartum hives doesn’t mean you’re allergic to pregnancy (or to your baby). It might mean, though, that your existing allergies worsened. After all, reports say some women tend to have worse allergic reactions during pregnancy¹.
Hence, if you have postpartum urticaria, watch out for allergens. Maybe you changed something in your diet, used a new skincare product, or changed your detergent. Medications, such as antibiotics and pain relievers may also trigger urticaria. Once identified, eliminate the allergens.
Did you know that stress can cause a person to break out into hives²? And as much as pregnancy and childbirth are joyful moments, moms also experience a great deal of stress from them.
So, if you have postpartum hives even though you didn’t come in contact with an allergen, it’s possible that stress is the culprit. Your body has gone through a lot of changes, after all, and your bundle of joy would initiate many more changes in your life.
The fact that you’re still recovering from a (typically) 9-month pregnancy and a possibly stressful labor and delivery means your body might be more vulnerable to infections, like influenza. Furthermore, infections may also arise from your childbirth wounds.