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Pregnancy Symptom: Itching

Itching

What It Feels Like

About 20 percent of pregnant women feel itchy during pregnancy. Usually women feel itchy in the abdomen. But red, itchy palms and soles of the feet or chafing between the thighs are also common complaints. 


You may also develop rashes in your grown or under your breasts. 

Why do you feel itchy?

Pregnancy hormones and stretching skin are probably to blame for most of your discomfort. The rashes are caused by excess weight gain and the sweat that gathers in those areas. 


Usually the itchy feeling goes away after delivery.

How To Alleviate and Prevent Itching

  • Use gentle soaps and moisturizing creams.
  • Wash your groin area and the skin under your breasts. 
  • Apply calamine or other drying lotion.
  • Massage your skin with baby lotion to stimulate the blood supply and soothe irritation. 
  • Dust with powder.
  • Avoid hot showers and baths.
  • Avoid itchy fabrics.
  • Wear cotton underwear.
  • Wear a good bra that supports your breasts properly.

Call your doctor if symptoms don't improve after a week of self-care.

 


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