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Know All About Dealing With Itchy Skin During Pregnancy

by | February 12, 2019

Do you find yourself constantly itching yourself during pregnancy? It’s very normal. Almost a quarter of pregnant women experience itchy skin during pregnancy.

Know All About Dealing With Itchy Skin During Pregnancy
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Why is my skin itchier during pregnancy?

One of the reasons that you may feel itchier during pregnancy is because your skin has to stretch, a lot! You may be itchy across your tummy and your legs, among other places on your body.

Changing hormones may also be the cause of itchy skin during pregnancy.

Itching can also be caused by very common skin conditions, such as eczema. You may even get eczema for the first time during pregnancy. If you already suffered from eczema before pregnancy, it could get worse.

Tips to soothe itchy skin during pregnancy:

  • Try to avoid cleansing products that contain strong detergents, and perfumes or fragrances.
  • These can irritate your skin and dry it out, causing itchiness.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wash with mild, unscented body wash.
  • Moisturize with unscented products.
  • Adding a cup of oatmeal to a warm bath can help to re-hydrate dry skin naturally and soothe itchiness.
  • Try using a plant-based balm after your shower to help seal in moisture.
  • Try to stay cool. Heat can exacerbate itchiness.
  • Wear loose, breathable clothing.
  • Try using non-bio laundry products.

Consult with your healthcare provider if you have:

  • Itching on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet.
  • If the itching is worse at night time.
  • If your urine is dark.
  • Pain in the right upper abdomen.
  • Light coloring of bowel movements.
  • Fatigue or exhaustion.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Depression.

These could be symptoms of a liver problem called, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP).

See your healthcare provider if you have severe itching. They’ll rule out other possible causes, before performing blood tests to check for ICP.

The itching from ICP can be quite severe, and it can make it difficult to sleep. Your doctor may perscribe medicine or cream to help soothe it.

If your symptoms are extreme, or if your blood tests continuously show signs of liver issues, your healthcare provider may recommend that your labor is induced after 37 weeks. ICP generally goes away once you’ve given birth.

Did you experience itchy skin during pregnancy? How did you deal with it? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

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