During pregnancy women tend to become more open to conditions and irritations, due to the changes done to the immunological, vascular and metabolism systems. After the spermatozoid has initiated pregnancy, the organism gets flooded with hormones being excreted by the trophoblastic cells. The organism of the pregnant woman can show side effects of all these changes on the skin, hair, nails or mucosa. Skin changes can be permanent or temporary, followed by itching or appearance of bubbles on the skin, followed by systematic symptoms like fever or headache. There are four types of changes which are exclusively apparent during pregnancy or the early post birth – physiological changes on the skin, dermatitis, and specific dermatitis linked to pregnancy and dermatitis which can become more intense during pregnancy.
After a dermatological checkup of the pregnant woman with skin changes it is very important to learn more about specific data linked to the pregnancy itself (its duration, number of deliveries, etc.), as well as information about diseases that might have happened before pregnancy. It’s also necessary to find any possibilities of exposure to some external causes as well as following through some strict diet regimes.
Itching in pregnancy
Appearance of itching during pregnancy, whether it was localized or general is common. It’s most common in the third trimester, being most intense in the belly area. In order to ease you from this, it’s recommended to use oil baths and local antipruritic medications which are excellent when treating itchiness. Usually, it will disappear spontaneously after delivery and is never repeated in future pregnancies.
Generally speaking, this itching is caused by skin stretching due to the baby growing inside your uterus which is why it never occurs in second and any further pregnancies. Because of this, it’s important not to go crazy about it, as it will go by, completely relieving you from itches once you deliver your baby. If it’s really difficult to stand, use only natural creams and products which have a mild effect towards itchiness, because the skin which is stretching tends to open its pores more easily so using any aggressive chemicals and solutions is definitely not recommended.
There is one thing you can do with spending not a simple dime – don’t scratch yourself. This only irritates the skin further and can make the problem a lot worse than it would be if you didn’t scratch the area. Your belly is very sensitive in this delicate time, so try to take care of the skin. Once it contracts you will see how much of “damage” this stretching can do and it’s definitely something you wouldn’t want to make any worse. There are highly efficient natural products which are excellent against itches so make sure to give these a try before trying anything else. They can cost quite a bit, but are completely safe for you, your skin and your baby, so it’s definitely an investment worthy of your money. You can find these products in most legit pharmacies.