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Since your clothing is less likely to rub against your skin and irritate it, wearing loose clothing may help you avoid itching. Choosing natural fabrics like cotton that allow the air to circulate close to your skin instead of synthetic fabrics that trap heat in your body may also be a good idea. You might discover that taking a cool bath or using moisturizer or lotion can help to reduce the itching.
Although the exact cause of OC is unknown, it is believed that the rise in pregnancy hormones later in pregnancy may cause a slowdown in the normal flow of bile, the digestive fluid produced in the liver that aids in the breakdown of fats by your digestive system. As bile salts accumulate in OC rather than leaving the liver, they eventually enter the bloodstream and cause itching.
Is it normal to have itching during pregnancy?
Yes, mild itching in pregnancy is normal in most cases. It is also widespread; roughly 20% of pregnant women experience itchy skin.
As your skin stretches to make room for the growth of your breasts and belly, you might experience particularly itchy areas there. (Yes, that also applies to itchy nipples, which are typical during pregnancy.) The additional itching may also be caused by dry skin and hormonal changes. Itching in the winter can also be made worse by dry heat, particularly from radiators.
Although some women find that their eczema improves during pregnancy, some itchy skin conditions, like eczema, can get worse during this time. While few women report their psoriasis getting worse during pregnancy, many women with the condition report less severe symptoms.
Reach out to your healthcare provider if you develop a new itchy rash while pregnant or experience intense itching on your palms or the soles of your feet as these could be signs of more serious conditions that need treatment.