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Itching And Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Itching During Pregnancy

About 20 percent women feel itchy during pregnancy usually in the abdomen. Red and itchy palms and soles of the feet are also common complaints. Stretching skin and pregnancy hormones are to blame for most of your discomforts. This itchy feeling usually goes away after delivery.

Try doing the below to minimize stomach itching during pregnancy:
  • Use gentle soaps and moisturizing creams.
  • Avoid any hot showers and baths and avoid fabrics that makes itchy.
Stretch Marks during Pregnancy

Stretch marks are can be red, pink, or brown streaks on your skin. Mostly they appear on the thighs, abdomen, breasts, and buttocks. These marks are caused due to stretching of the skin and appear usually in the second half of pregnancy.

For many pregnant women, her nipples become darker and browner and also develop a dark line called linea nigra on the skin that runs from her belly button down to the pubic hairline.

Patches of darker skin over the cheeks, nose, forehead, and upper lip are also common during pregnancy.

These spots are called chloasma or melasma that are more common in darker-skinned women, but try to be patient enough, as the stretch marks and other skin changes will fade away slowly after delivery.

Try doing the below to prevent stretchmarks during pregnancy:

Stay hydrated by taking more of water and liquids. Ideally, you should drink at least 8 glasses of water daily to help cope with the stress due to stretching.  Green tea is also good in hydrating your body sufficiently.  Take lot of foods that are high in water content such as watermelons, cucumbers, strawberries etc.

Take more of vitamin A, C, and E available in foods like nuts, seeds, spinach, strawberries, sweet potato, walnuts, eggs, carrots etc.

Massage your skin regularly to moisturize on the areas that are more prone to stretch marks such as your tummy, thighs, and legs because these are the areas that strain more as your baby grows. Seasame oil, coconut oil, and castor oil are good in moisturizing the skin. Just massage the area gently until the oil disappears.

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