Friday, February 6, 2015

Itchy Skin During Pregnancy- Home remedies and Causes

It's very common to feel itchy, particularly around your growing belly and breasts as your skin stretches to accommodate them. Hormonal changes may also be partly to blame. Some pregnant women find that their palms and the soles of their feet get red and sometimes itchy. This condition may be caused by an increase in estrogen. It usually disappears right after delivery.

You may also find that things that normally make you itchy, such as dry skin, make you even itchier when you're pregnant. Eczema often worsens during pregnancy, though some women find that their condition actually improves.

How to get relief from itchy skin during pregnancy

·       Try to cut back on warm baths or showers, and cleansing products that contain strong detergents or perfumes. These can make your skin dry or irritated, and therefore more prone to itchiness. Use mild, moisturizing soaps or pH-balanced body washes to clean your skin.

·       You could try smoothing calamine lotion on to your itchy patches, or adding some oatmeal to your bath. These are traditional remedies, and there isn't a lot of evidence that they work. However, they are safe to use while you're pregnant and you may find them comforting.

·       Moisturize your skin well, preferably with unperfumed products. For eczema, apply whichever creams or ointments your doctor says you can use.

·       Try not to get too hot. Heat rash can make itching worse, so wear loose, cotton clothing and stay indoors or in the shade if it's really hot. It may not be good for your baby if you overheat, in any case.

Home remedies for Itchy Skin during Pregnancy

Here are some natural ingredients easily available at home, you can use to reduce itching when it starts:

Coconut oil

Whether due to dry skin or an insect bite, whatever the cause of the itch, coconut oil can work wonders. The best way to use it is to rub a little coconut oil directly onto the affected area. If you suffer from a widespread itch all over the body especially during the winter, soak in a bathtub of lukewarm water; then just pat yourself dry and apply the oil all over.


With a rich content of vitamin C and bleaching properties, lemons are one of the best remedies for itchy skin. The volatile oil in lemon has the ability to numb sensations and is also good against inflammation. Simply cut a lemon in two and squeeze out a little juice over the itchy area; allow to air dry and you’ll soon find some relief.

Baking Soda

Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it all over your belly or other areas of itchy skin to alleviate symptoms such as itchiness, redness, and pain.


Soak a small towel in cool water, roll it up and place it between your breasts and growing belly to naturally cure a breast itch during pregnancy.

Petroleum Jelly

If your skin is of the sensitive type, the best remedy is petroleum jelly. It does not contain any harmful chemicals and by its very nature, has a smoothening action on the skin. Therefore, it not just relieves your itch, but it also ensures the skin irritation becomes less. Best of all, it is safe as well as inexpensive and so you don’t have to worry about how often you apply it.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people use vinegar on the scalp for dandruff; by the same logic, it works well for itchy skin, too. It has a good antiseptic and antifungal action and this makes it a good anti-itching agent. Dip a cotton ball or cloth in a little apple cider vinegar and dab on the itchy area. Or if you feel a general itchy sensation all over the body, add a cupful into your bath water. 

Aloe Vera

With all its moisturizing action, aloe vera is one of the most effective skin smoothening agents. When you rub the gel over an itchy spot, it helps reduce the skin irritation in that area and provides quick relief from itching. Just break a leaf from the plant, cut it lengthwise using a knife and using a spoon, scoop out the jelly-like substance inside. Apply a little of this gel to the itchy area and leave it on for a few minutes. 

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