Itching is common in pregnancy. Usually it’s thought to be caused by raised levels of certain chemicals in the blood, such as hormones. Later, as your bump grows, the skin of your tummy (abdomen) is stretched and this may also feel itchy.
When should I be worried about itching during pregnancy?
As your pregnancy progresses and as your baby grows, the skin of your abdomen is stretched and this may also feel itchy. Mild itching is usually nothing to worry about, but if the itching becomes severe it can be a sign of a serious liver condition called obstetric cholestasis.
Is it normal to be itchy all over during pregnancy?
The expanding belly stretches the skin, which triggers dryness and irritation. Although annoying, this itching is common and not harmful.
How can I stop itching all over during pregnancy?
How to relieve itchy skin during pregnancy
- Apply cold. Put an ice pack or a cool, wet compress on itchy areas for five to ten minutes, or until the itch fades.
- Moisturize. Lotions and creams that are free of fragrances are best. …
- Take an occasional warm oatmeal bath. …
- Apply medicines before moisturizing.
When should I call the doctor about itching during pregnancy?
When to Call Your Doctor
If itching becomes severe, is concentrated on your palms or soles, or is accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea or jaundice, call your doctor.
Can my baby feel me scratch my belly?
Yup, your baby on board can feel — and respond — when you stroke your tummy.
Can pregnancy hormones cause itchy skin?
What Causes Itchy Skin During Pregnancy? Blame it on those pregnancy hormones. Increased estrogen levels are likely to blame for itchiness on the hands and the soles of the feet. Your belly may also get itchy as it stretches to accommodate your baby-to-be.