Itchy / scratchy/ Red marks in Pregnancy

Itchy / Scratchy/ Red Marks in Pregnancy

  • Growing pregnant uterus causes the skin around the belly to stretch and the oil glands are not able to meet their normal moisture requirement.
  • Itching is common in pregnancy caused by raised levels of certain chemicals in the blood.
  • Skin condition like eczema might flare up in pregnancy.
  • You could help prevent mild itching by wearing loose clothes like cotton to let air circulate.
  • Avoid any strongly perfumed products
  • Use water-based cream with menthol.

Cholestasis of pregnancy

  • Itching can be a symptom of a liver condition called cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), it affects the palms of your hands and soles of your feet.
  • Urine might turn dark and stool will be pale.
  • Medicines, such as ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), help reduce bile acids and ease itching in cholestasis of pregnancy.
  • Cholestasis can be serious. Baby movements should be monitored and be prepared for early delivery if your gynaecologist suggest.

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