In 2017, Abby Lai (creator of Eczema Conquerors) started having post-birth flare ups. Discover her journey, as well as how she managed to control her skin with a raw food eczema diet.
I never thought in a million years that after giving birth, my skin would flare up as badly as it did.
It hurts me so much just to think about it.
Sometimes I’m so shocked when I look at these before and after photos. I can’t believe I went through so much after giving birth and I can’t believe it looked so painful.
I know not everyone flares up so much after giving birth, but I did.
I remember a doctor telling me that 25% of patients they see during pregnancy get better, 25% get worse, and 25% stay the same.
During pregnancy, my skin was actually great. But a few months after I gave birth, I was slowly covered head to toe about 95% of my body in wounds, redness, inflammation and rashes.
I remember being in so much pain, not sure if it would ever end, and feeling like no one understood me. It was incredibly traumatic.
Imagine not being able to move, sleep, or even take care of my son properly.
Looking back, I can’t believe it’s over. I can’t believe I made it through. I still have more healing to go – but in the last few months, I feel like I’m finally 80-90% healed.
It’s so surreal. I do still have some tough moments, and I’ve experienced so many ups and downs along the way.
But overall my skin has healed tremendously, even though I still have a long way to go.
Healing with a Raw Food Eczema Diet
As a nutritionist who specializes in eczema, coaches clients, and created a podcast, YouTube videos, ebooks and articles all dedicated to healing eczema..I felt embarrassed to be back in a flare again but I just knew I had to keep fighting. My naturopath told me that many health conditions can develop or worsen after giving birth.
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About 9 months after giving birth and suffering so much, I decided to take a leap of faith and follow a raw food eczema diet high in raw fruits and vegetables. I also added in celery juice and a heavy metal detox smoothie.
I knew deep down inside that a high raw food eczema diet would help me so much because I’ve witnessed so many others heal from it. On the first day of eating raw, I noticed a HUGE difference within the first day and again within the first week!
I had a huge healing crisis in the first month but after that it improved more every month. The healing has felt slow – but slow steps make big progress! I’ve even had a family member question and doubt my healing plan, but this plan has made the biggest difference for me so far after giving birth.
My skin is still healing and I hope to share and document more of my journey.
Just remember that your skin can heal no matter what doctors say!
If you’re going through this, I just want to remind you that you’re not alone. You’re never on your own going through this, and you can make it through. It’s not easy, but you’ll come out of this stronger and you can make it through.
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