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Itchy Skin During Pregnancy

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

While some women develop a glow about them when they are pregnant, others are less fortunate. Hormonal changes may make a pregnant woman’s skin drier. Dry skin tends to itch and, in pregnancy, could turn into eczema due to changes in the way the immune system works. To relieve itchy skin during pregnancy:

  • Take a shower instead of a bath and reduce the number of times you bathe.
  • Keep cool as much as possible, as overheating can aggravate the itching.
  • Substitute your soap or shower gel with a soap free cleanser.
  • Wear soft, smooth clothes and avoid woolly fabrics, which can irritate skin.
  • Use a moisturizing lotion, cream, or ointment to protect your skin.
  • Consult your dermatologist if you have a skin problem like eczema to determine which product is safe for expectant moms.