That super-annoying itch is caused by your skin stretching. As your uterus grows to accommodate the growing baby, the skin around your belly stretches, yet the oil glands cannot meet their normal moisture requirement. This is what leads to dry and itchy skin. And, it is often your tummy and legs that get the brunt of this change. Your changing hormones also play a significant role in making the itch worse.
While it is always preferable to visit your doctor to seek treatment, there is no harm in trying some home remedies for itchy pregnant belly that will ease and soothe your itchy skin.
Mild itching can be prevented by wearing comfortable, loose clothes in breathable materials like cotton to let air circulate.
It is necessary to watch out for itching during the evening or at night, as it could be a sign of a serious condition. Itching may be a symptom of a liver condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC). This itchiness is more severe and also spreads to the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Your doctor may advise you to check liver function tests and treat you accordingly.
Other conditions associated with skin itchiness during pregnancy include polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, an atopic eruption of pregnancy and prurigo. It is always wise to consult your physician in case of severe itchy rash during pregnancy.
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