Itching in the abdomen during pregnancy

When the skin of the abdomen stretches and becomes tense during pregnancy, you will have an uncomfortable and itchy (itching) dryness. To relieve itching, calm and hydrate the skin of your abdomen with oatmeal moisturizers, or make oatmeal baths.Products that contain alpha hydroxy acid such as Amlactin offer you more intense hydration, and anti-itch products such as scabies or calamine lotion can help relieve symptoms. Even, putting a little ice on a small area where you itch (itchy) can relieve the discomfort immediately. Avoid scratching, because you can tear and mark your skin (leaving a scar).

If the itching is very strong when your pregnancy is very advanced, and you also have nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue and sometimes jaundice, you should contact your doctor. It can be a sign of cholestasis, a problem that happens to 1 in 50 pregnant women and is related to the functioning of your liver. Cholestasis will disappear after delivery.

If the itching is very strong and spreads to your arms and legs, you may have pruritic and urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP). PUPPP occurs in 1 of every 150 pregnancies and is characterized by visible, reddened and bulging patches on the skin that cause itching and that disappear after delivery.

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