Itchy Skin in Pregnancy
As your baby grows, your skin will stretch to accommodate your bump (often stretch marks will appear as the skin stretches – click here
for tips on how to care for skin prone to stretch marks). Alongside increased blood flow to the skin, hormonal fluctuations, and lack of hydration, this can often lead to dry itchy skin on the breasts and belly as your skin struggles to retain moisture as it stretches.
If you are experiencing itchiness, consult your doctor. Your doctor can recommend a treatment specifically designed for itchy skin when pregnant. Tips your doctor may recommend:
• Take cool or lukewarm showers or baths to soothe the skin – hot water can make itching worse, as it strips the skin of its natural oils.
• Wear loose clothing to prevent rubbing.
• Use a good moisturizer, like petroleum jelly, to protect the skin and help prevent further irritation from dryness – Vaseline® Jelly, the original “Wonder Jelly
”, is triple-purified and is 100 percent hypoallergenic. Recognized by the National Eczema Association as suitable for people with eczema and sensitive skin, Vaseline® Jelly Original is great for locking in moisture to help dry skin heal.
• Although it can be hard, try not to scratch. Scratching can break the skin and make the itchiness associated with dryness worse.