Weight gain, swollen feet, aches and pains... these were all side-effects Natasha expected when she found out she was pregnant.... but to develop "pregnancy eczema" that has stayed with her for life? Totally unexpected.
Natasha first discovered the red, irritating rash during her second trimester, and by the time she went back to work after her son's birth, it had intensified to the point that it completely covered parts of her arms.
After a while, Natasha realised that stress was the main trigger for her skin's condition, which she found really flared up when she went back to work.
She wanted to be a "good mum" and to be there for her child, saying...
"the guilt sets in if you do go back to work and you are leaving your
child... it is really stressful."
Natasha eventually resigned from her senior marketing role, to run her own company: Working Mothers Connect. It is a community where working mothers can network- with each other, supportive corporate organisations, training providers and employers. Her new flexible hours, and the ability to work from home helped her manage her stress levels.
The best part? "I can finally walk [Kai] to school in the morning."
While she acknowledges that her eczema is something that won't ever "go away," Natasha says her new lifestyle and her Billie Goat Intensive Eczema & Psoriasis Balm helped to ease flare ups, along with sunshine. "It's amazing, when I’m on holiday it almost disappears! Once year I should go to Hawaii," she laughs.
Natasha recommends: Billie Goat Intensive Eczema & Psoriasis Balm because "it has kept the redness bay". Oh... and Hawaii.
For those of you who are interested in finding out about Working Mothers Connect, you can check out their website here.
If you are interested in finding out more about pregnancy eczema, read our blog post.
Have you suffered from pregnancy eczema? How do you balance work and life? Comment below.