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Itchy Skin During Pregnancy

Is itchy skin during pregnancy normal? Yes, is normal for itchy skin during your pregnancy.  Itchy skin occurs wen the skin around your abdomen expands; it gets dry, causing abdominal itchiness during pregnancy.   

The itchy skin during pregnancy normally happens in the second and third trimesters.

Is Itchy Skin And Early Sign of Pregnancy?

No, itchy skin is not accounted as an early sign of pregnancy.  Even though many women experience itchy skin it many women are not affected till the second trimester. 

When abdomen skin starts to stretch is when the itchiness will begin.

What Causes Itchy Skin During Pregnancy?

As the belly stretches and tightens from the growth of the baby, you might feel dry and itchy skin.  Make sure to pay attention to your stomach and check for any red bumps around your stomach.  The transformation of your body and hormones can also be the cause of the itchiness. 

 If you notice severe itching that spreads to your arms and legs make sure to seek medical attention.  You might have PUPP, pruritic urticarial papules and plaques that cause itchy red spots on your skin.

Areas Susceptible To Itchiness While Pregnant

Itchy skin is common pregnancy symptoms that affect plenty of moms to be. The areas susceptible to itchiness while pregnant are belly area, nipples, back, breasts, thigh, and hips. 

Some pregnant women find that their palms get itchy too.  The reason why they feel itchiness on their palm has to due to the increase in estrogen.

How To Get Rid of Itchy Skin In Pregnancy

There are things you can do to find relieve from your itchiness.

  •  Avoid taking hot showers that lead to dry skin, making the skin itchier
  • When bathing use mild unscented soap to avoid possible irritation
  • Avoid going out the in heat
  • Make sure to use unscented moisturizer
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing
  • Pat your skin dry after every wash to avoid irritation
  • Avoid strong deodorants
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and prevent dry skin


When To Call The Doctor

Make sure to pay attention if you have normal itchiness or if it has turned into severity.  Liver conditions can affect your skin and be harmful for your unborn baby if not treated properly. Make sure to contact your physician if you experience any of the following:

  • Excessive itching on your palms and soles. This is solely related to liver disorder
  • Symptoms of dark urine.
  • Extensive red areas with small pus-filled bumps
  • Coalesce into larger white elevated pus-filled bumps

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