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Itching During Pregnancy

Pregnancy itching can range from a slight to severe, can be caused by many different things, and can affect many different areas on a woman’s body.

Itching during pregnancy is quite normal. The most common cause is dry skin, also known as xerosis, which can be caused by not staying well hydrated. Xerosis can be treated by increasing daily water intake and rubbing lotion on the itchy areas.

Other causes of itchy skin include a liver abnormality called intrahepatic (within the liver) cholestasis (pooling of bile salts) of pregnancy, chicken pox, Fifth’s disease, or even a possible reaction to prenatal vitamins or a new medication. If you have a rash that will not go away, or is accompanied by a fever, you should consult your doctor.

Some women may experience some vaginal itching during pregnancy. This itching can be caused by a sexually transmitted disease, or an infection, but is more commonly caused by the change in your vaginal PH level. Yeast infections during pregnancy are also very common and can be the cause of moderate to severe itching.

What Can You Do?
Before trying to treat vaginal itching with over the counter or home remedies, you should consult your doctor or midwife to rule out the possibility of any STDs. If it is determined that your itching is being caused by a change in your PH level, there are several things you can do to try to relieve the itch.

  • Run a bath and add baking soda to it
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water to put on the itchy areas
  • Place a cold compress on the itchy area

Preventing Vaginal Itching
There are many things you can try to do to help prevent the vaginal itching from starting or returning during your pregnancy.

  • Keep yourself clean and dry
  • Always wipe from front to back to keep bacteria away from your vagina
  • Refrain from douching
  • Use scentless detergents
  • Wear loose clothing and cotton panties
  • Take warm baths free of perfumed bubble bath, and use soap for sensitive skin to wash

If you still experience recurrent itching, whether on your belly, arms, legs or vaginal, consult your doctor to discuss other causes of itchy skin and what you can do about it.


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16 Responses to “Itching During Pregnancy”

  1. 16
    Jennifer Says:

    I’m 20 weeks and 3days, every part of my body itches me after bathing cold water but if I bath warm water it reduces.
    Secondly, I’m stooling what do I do?

  2. 15
    Michelle Says:

    Your doctor can prescribe a medicated lotion for this rash. Best time to use it is after a bath so the lotion can absorb. I had this with my firat pregnancy.

  3. 14
    chioma Says:

    I am six weeks pregnant with severe itching in my private part,I called a doctor $ he only advice me to use dettol liquid $warm bath.in my private part. It subsides and resurface after some time. What do I do?

  4. 13
    keeley Says:

    i found i start itching depending on what im wearing i seem to be sensitive to washing liquids
    hot showers defintely dont help
    best remedy i found and its in your kitchen cupboard is cold pressed olive oil its great
    you might smell like a salad for a wee bit but it helps im 6 months and so far no stretch marks …. thank you mother nature

  5. 12
    Alondra Says:

    Hi I am now 31 weeks pregnant with twins:) when I was around 23 weeks pregnant too I got the same PUPPS.. It started in my stomach and it went down to my legs, botox and arms my OB prescribed hydrocortisone it help a bit but the itching wouldn’t go away:( so my mom told me to put oatmeal and water in a cup mix it and put it on the areas it helped a lot after a few weeks it went away but it horrible I couldn’tsleep at first:( so try the oatmeal with water it might help and also oatmeal body wash and lotion:)

  6. 11
    Lotis Says:

    Hi. I’m 23 weeks pregnant now and I’m having this severe itching. My dermatologist said it is a PUPP. She prescribed a potent corticosteroid cream. I’m just worried because that drug is under category C. I don’t want my baby to have a birth defects. My husband apply too much on my tummy and thighs. Is there anyone who experience this too? ARe your babies ok ? Plz advice

  7. 10
    April Says:

    I have severe itching and a rash which my doctor says is PUPPP (a pregnancy rash) the thing that I have found that works best is a soap called “Grandpa’s Pine Tar soap” it’s sold at GNC or online at various sites. It’s pretty cheap. It doesn’t smell very good, but it works great to stop the itch! I’ve been bathing with it 2-3 times a day….I wash with regular body wash like I normally would, then rub the bar of soap directly on my skin, rub it into a lather, then rinse it off.

  8. 9
    naomi Says:

    hey im 17 and 16 weeks pregnant its my first i get itching alot and people say its just my skin streching …………………….. its really getting to me lol

  9. 8
    Jeanette Says:

    I have not experienced any itching, but if i do i am trying to be all natural while pregnant. I dont take any medicine and do not even use topical creams for bug bites. My friend told me that minced garlic will help a yeast infection. You just spread it on like a cream. Ofcousre you will smell like garlic for a while, but it seems the most ‘natural’ way to me.

  10. 7
    Lynne Says:

    What kind of nipple cream are you using?. . .I am 30 weeks pregnant, and can’t stop itching and am going insane!

  11. 6
    Mom2B Says:

    Jessica – I had this terrible rash and itch for weeks and tried everything until I resorted to only water and air drying (which helped more than the creams and pastes). It unfortunately kept coming back, and I was also losing my mind. So I reverted to Nipple cream, and it worked! I apply some twice a day and it really calms everythign down and soothes. The rash isn’t completely gone yet, but it looks like it will be soon. I hope this works for you as it did for me!

  12. 5
    Jessica Says:

    I’ve had unexplained itching for years that has come and gone, but it seemed to be under control for the last 6 months using a steroid cream prescribed by a doctor. Now that I’m pregnant, nothing is working. I’ve actually drawn blood. I’m only 6 weeks pregnant and I’m going out of my mind. It been nonstop for 3 weeks now. Any other suggestions?

  13. 4
    Sarah Says:

    I have had the same thing as Monica. I’m 12 weeks pregnant, and the first time this happened to me was around 6 weeks, right before my first prenatal appt. The nurse practitioner that did the exam said everything was fine, no infection, and seemed to think I was a little bit crazy when I said I read online that it could be a pH imbalance. Well, I use baking soda for everything else, so I figured, why not try applying a paste? It worked, after burning pretty acutely for a minute. I washed it off pretty quickly because I had not seen any posts about the burning sensation, but the itch went away. It came back this week, I did the same thing and it worked. Total life saver.

    Now to get my OB to believe me!

  14. 3
    Monica Says:

    I was having vaginal itching. I am 36 weeks pregnant. I tried the baking soda and water paste. It burned for about 2 minutes and then the pain subsided. Now the vaginal itch seems to have gone away. Looks like PH balance is common during pregnancy but make sure to tell your doctor about it. I’m going to tell him at my appointment this week. Thanks for the advice!

  15. 2
    Leah Says:

    It’s important to discuss serious itch with your doctor because cholestasis could potentially endanger the fetus. Many doctors are not familar with this condition.

  16. 1
    pains down below in private area Says:

    hello iwas wonder what it means when you have very sharp pains in private part when your pregnant and what does it mean cause i am 40 weeks long

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