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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