National Vitiligo Bond Inc Foundation

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vitiligo and pregnancy

After my first pregnancy, I found out I was anemic due to the loss of blood from my first baby. Little did I know then that B12 would play a vital part in reducing my white patches. After my third pregnancy I found out that my vitamin D levels was low. Little did I know that this vitamin was critical for my melanin to be restored. It was my hope that while I was pregnant, my skin would restore itself.

Due to the acquisition of this knowledge, last year we did a random poll to see how many women noticed vitiligo when they became pregnant or after they gave birth. The results were amazing. Many women noticed white patches or an increase of patches on their skin during pregnancy.

Anemia is another underlying trigger for vitiligo. Being anemic or having pernicious anemia can trigger white patches, vitiligo. The body can neutralize or come back to homeostasis if the person recognizes that the body just went through trauma (stress) during pregnancy and the loss of blood caused the mother to become anemic. In this instance, your doctors should recommend a course of treatment to build back your blood. B12 is very important! If it is low, a physician, with the knowledge of vitiligo can recommend a course of treatment to build your levels.  In my case my doctors did not know what vitiligo was at the time and if vitiligo is left untreated it can spread very quickly.

As always, we hope this information is helpful.  Awareness is key!

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Natasha Pierre McCarthy is the proud founder of Vitiligo Bond Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and encouragement to individuals with vitiligo. From a vision through teaching as a Christian business professor, Vitiligo Bond was created. We educate through creative forms to patients and the public. Through vitiligo 101 sessions at Emory University with Dr. Holla, special community events, social media, partner support groups, public figures and state leaders we are able to bond and have available support for anyone suffering with vitiligo. Vitiligo Bond has created a path for vitiligo awareness and positive expression. We now have the following states through Governor Proclamations that recognize vitiligo awareness: {Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, & West Virginia}. In addition, Vitiligo Bond has been recognized by Congressman Hank Johnson. Congressman Johnson was also instrumental in our advocacy efforts to help get special recognition during the month of June from our President Obama to recognize and stand together with people who suffer with vitiligo. I believe that God created us for a purpose and everyone deserves the right to have fullness and a quality life. We all have the ability to shine. Vitiligo Bond Inc. is constantly working to raise awareness of the mysterious illness and use their platform in order to fund research that will hopefully lead to the discovery of the cause and a cure for vitiligo.

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