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.