Among all pregnancy complications, there is one which is not always a sign of some disease but inevitably brings discomfort (and sometimes makes you go mad) – itching during pregnancy. We can’t say that if you’ve got pregnant you’ll definitely face this problem. But there is always a risk because statistics show: quite a number of future mothers suffer from itchy skin.
Itching during pregnancy can be bothering you constantly or just occur from time to time. It can become your only problem or be accompanied by other symptoms. It can deteriorate in the evening, or its intensity can remain the same during the day. But anyway, before taking measures against the maddening itch, you’ll need to consult a gynecologist, infectiologist, and dermatologist, so that they could find a reason for the disorder.
The causes of itching during pregnancy
The question “Why is my skin itching during pregnancy?” doesn’t have an unequivocal answer. Your doctor should examine you and find the reason first.
There are a few theories about the causes of itchy skin during pregnancy. The reasons for the disorder depend on its manifestations. So, the most common causes can be:
Due to your belly and breasts growing in size, your skin is irritated and itching which precedes the appearance of stretch marks occurs. Such itching is localized in the abdomen, hips, buttocks, breasts, and sometimes upper arms. It usually appears during the second half of pregnancy and affects only genetically predisposed expectant mothers who have gained too much weight.
Cholestasis of pregnant
This disease is caused by the bad functioning of the liver which is a result of changes happening to the female body during pregnancy. Such an itch is accompanied by reddened palms and soles. After some time, the itch spreads throughout the whole body and becomes worse in the evening and during the night. Cholestasis of pregnant usually manifests itself in the third trimester. The urine of a future mom can become darker, and the stool, to the contrary, lighter. Women with high cholesterol and chronic diseases of bile passages belong to a risk group.
They are the most widespread cause of cholestasis. Such itching is localized on the palms and soles and subsides only after childbirth.
Dermatosis, eczema, skin fungus and other skin diseases are quite widespread among pregnant women. They cause itching and other manifestations on the skin (peeling, rashes, bumps).
They are often accompanied by rashes, reddened skin, itching, and other symptoms. Anything may become an irritant: washing powder, new shampoo, seafood, exotic fruit, flower pollen, etc. That’s why pregnancy isn’t a time for experimenting. In the case of an allergic reaction, it’s necessary to avoid the irritating factor.
Sweat accumulated in the folds of skin causes itching during pregnancy and other unpleasant sensations. If you’ve noticed that you have begun to sweat more lately, take showers more often and choose clothes made from natural fabrics. And let your doctor know about excessive sweating.
Among the causes of itchy skin during pregnancy are such serious illnesses as diabetes and hepatitis. That’s why it’s always good to consult a medical expert. And even if itching during pregnancy doesn’t do the baby any harm, it affects the mother’s state: brings her discomfort, can lead to insomnia, bad mood, and can even be a sign of a more serious health problem. And the latest researches show that itching increases the risk of not only an unfavorable course of pregnancy but also complicated delivery.
How to cope with itching during pregnancy?
The solution to the problem depends on the cause of it. If the cause is cholestasis or another disease, the doctor will prescribe an examination, treatment, and a diet. Besides, you need to take good care of your skin. Try to take warm (not too hot) showers and always dry off with a soft towel after. If you are prone to stretch marks, a course of massage will be helpful. It’ll probably relieve the itching.
Always use a moisturizing cream after taking a shower because dry skin is more prone to itching. Try not to overheat, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes made of natural fabrics, drink enough water.
Pay special attention to your choice of cosmetic products: remember, no fragrances and chemical preservatives. There are also natural remedies for relieving itching during pregnancy.
If you’re following all the doctor’s recommendations, and itching has only become worse and isn’t going to subside, immediately tell your doctor about it.