Are you constantly itching your skin in pregnancy?? Do you face extreme itching on your hips, belly, breasts, and thighs?? Well, not to worry, itching in pregnancy is a common symptom every pregnant woman experiences. While pregnancy is undoubtedly a blessing, there are some annoying issues that can plague you throughout pregnancy. Itchy skin is one of them. Some women experience mild itching whereas some experience it in an extreme form.
Causes of Itchy Skin in Pregnancy
Itchy skin is mainly due to the muscles stretching and increase in the female hormone estrogen. The further the pregnancy progresses, the itchier the skin becomes. As the body expands to accommodate the growing baby, pregnant women tend to experience itching on the thighs, breasts, belly, and hips. The other causes of itchy skin in pregnancy are:
- Hormonal changes
- Stretched skin
- Stretch marks
- Sudden increase in blood supply to the skin
- Dry and sensitive skin
- Skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema
- Iron deficiency anaemia
- Liver disorders
- Kidney Infections
- Thyroid disorders
Remedies to Treat Itchy Skin in Pregnancy
Itchy skin can be very annoying for the mother. Hence, it is better to adopt remedies to get relief from it. Since over the counter medications are not safe during pregnancy, listed below are some simple home remedies that will help you get relief from itchy skin.
1} Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is considered to be one of the best remedies for itchy and sensitive skin. Coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe itchy skin. It also moisturises the skin and prevents it from drying. Gently massage some organic or virgin coconut oil on the affected areas of the skin. Leave it on overnight and wash it off during your bath next morning.
2} Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel is a tried and tested remedy against any skin infection. Personally, it has worked for me as well. Aloe Vera has cooling properties that help soothe dry and itchy skin. Generously apply Aloe Vera gel on the affected areas and allow to dry.
3} Baking Soda Bath
Yes, it did wonders to my skin and I felt instant relief after following this remedy. Baking soda has alkaline properties that help to restore the pH of the skin. It reduces itchiness associated with pregnancy. Add one cup of baking soda to your bathtub. Soak in baking soda water for about 20 minutes before stepping out.
4} Lemon Juice
Lemon is rich is ascorbic and citric acid that helps restore the pH of the skin. Its acidic nature also helps reduce inflammation and itchy skin related to pregnancy. Squeeze a lemon and dilute it with little water. Now dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply on affected areas. Leave it on for half an hour and wash with water.
5} Gram Flour
Gram flour is a wonderful kitchen remedy to treat skin itchiness, inflammation, and irritation. Mix little gram flour with yoghurt to form a paste. Keep it of medium consistency and apply this paste on all affected areas of the skin. Leave it for half an hour and rinse with water.
Precautionary Measures for Itchy Skin in Pregnancy
Apart from the above-mentioned remedies, the below tips will help you avoid worsening of itchy skin.
- After a bath, gently pat yourself dry using a soft towel. Do not rub hard on your skin.
- Apply moisturiser immediately after taking a bath.
- Avoid wearing tight and uncomfortable clothes. Opt for loose cotton clothes.
- Apply calamine lotion twice a day on affected areas of the skin.
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
- Reduce salt intake.
- Refrain from taking too many hot showers.
- Avoid overexposure to the sun.
If the itching is severe and persistent, you must contact a doctor immediately. Persistent and severe itching can be due to other medical conditions like liver and kidney disorders.
Personally having suffered from itchy skin myself, I can relate to all the women suffering out there. Try these above-mentioned remedies and tips to get relief from itchy skin in pregnancy. They have really provided me relief from itchy skin. If you have more suggestions and ideas, please do share them in the comments section.