Does an itchy belly during pregnancy mean stretch marks?
Stretch marks are the white to red lines that you might see on your abdomen, hips, thighs, or other parts of your body. Aside from the appearance, you might also notice extreme itchiness, which is more likely to occur with newly developed stretch marks during pregnancy and other weight fluctuations.
Is it normal to have itchy skin during pregnancy?
The majority of women (70%) will experience some form of skin itching during pregnancy. Most cases of itching are due to the usual annoying but not life-threatening culprits like dry skin, allergies, or eczema. Rarely the itching can be due to a condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (also known as IHP or simply “cholestasis”).
How can I treat an itchy belly during pregnancy?
Here are tips for preventing and treating an itchy belly during pregnancy: Having dry skin can make the itching worse and lead to scratching. Keeping yourself and your belly well hydrated will usually help tone down the itching, but not necessarily alleviate it. This is where the creams and oils come in handy.
Is it normal for my liver to itch during pregnancy?
However, itching can be a symptom of a liver condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC). ICP needs medical attention. It affects 1 in 140 pregnant women in the UK. If you’re well, it’s really important you go to all your appointments and scans for the health of you and your baby.
How can I get rid of an itchy nipple after pregnancy?
A light, gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer can temporarily curb the itching; apply it frequently and liberally. Dab on anti-itch cream. The pink calamine lotion your mom put on your chickenpox works in particularly tough cases. Smooth on vitamin E oil. It’s very healing — and great for sore nipples after pregnancy too.