Itchy Skin Pregnancy 3Rd Trimester

Although this condition is safe, I am aware from personal experience that it can be inconvenient. You won’t have to endure PUPPPs after giving birth, so don’t feel like you have to. We can provide you with a steroid cream to help with the itching and stop it from getting worse. This cream is safe for you and your baby.

These two benign conditions are brought on by an increase in pigmentation brought on by an increase in pregnancy hormones. Dark splotches on your face, frequently on the nose and cheeks, are a symptom of melasma, also referred to as the “mask of pregnancy.” When you’re pregnant, a dark line called a linea nigra may appear between your belly button and your pubic region. If you experience either of these, you’re not alone. Ninety percent of expectant mothers will see linea nigra, and nearly seventy five percent will exhibit the mask of pregnancy. Any area of your body with more pigmentation could be impacted by this increase in pigmentation. For instance, many women claim to have areolas or freckles that are much darker than usual. And the more likely you are to notice these changes the darker your skin tone is. Although you can’t completely prevent these conditions, using a good sunscreen can help lessen their effects, especially on your face. You won’t have to put up with these changes indefinitely, so don’t worry. Most should fade after you give birth. After pregnancy, a dermatologist can use medication to treat melasma if it sometimes persists.

You’re well into pregnancy, so where’s that “pregnancy glow” you’ve heard about? You might resemble a teenage girl with acne-prone skin instead of having bright, radiant-looking skin. Maybe dark splotches have popped up on your face. Or perhaps the rash that has developed around your belly’s stretch marks is making you itch.

Try washing your face in the morning and evening with a commercial face soap. The majority of over-the-counter topical medications are safe to use while pregnant, but if you have any questions about a specific medication, consult your doctor. While pregnant, there are a few topical prescription drugs we can try, but your acne should clear up once your baby is born.

This condition strikes during the third trimester and can result in extremely intense body itching. Patients are miserable and unable to fall asleep as a result of it, which is frequently worse on the palms and soles of the feet. Jaundice, a yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes, can also accompany pregnancy-related cholestasis.

Itching in pregnancy can be a sign of something more serious

Itching can be a symptom of a liver condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC). Obstetric cholestasis is often different to a normal itch as it affects the palms of your hands and soles of your feet.

Your wee may be dark and your poo may be light in color if you have obstetric cholestasis (RCOG, 2011). In the UK, 1 in 140 pregnant women have obstetric cholestasis, which requires medical attention (NHS Choices, 2016c).

Itching in pregnancy has a logical cause

That super-irritating itch is caused by your skin stretching. The skin around your abdomen stretches as your uterus expands, but the oil glands are unable to provide enough moisture as they normally would. Because of this, you’ll notice that your skin is dry and itchy, with a tendency to be worse on your legs and stomach (Kenyon et al., 2010; NHS Choices, 2016a).

The itch may also get worse as your hormones change (British Association of Dermatologists, 2018). Eczema can worsen during pregnancy if it does so frequently for you (Ambros-Rudolph, 2011; NHS Choices, 2016b).

Causes & management of itching in 2nd 3rd trimester of pregnancy- Dr. Teena S Thomas

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