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Managing Itchy Skin and Rashes During Pregnancy
General Obstetrics 


As a private obstetrician, I’m well aware that alongside the radiant glow of pregnancy, there often come some less pleasant skin changes. Itchy skin, rashes, or both can be distressing, but they’re also quite common during this transformative time. My aim is to assist expecting mothers in recognizing, understanding, and soothing these skin concerns effectively.

Understanding the Causes

Skin changes during pregnancy can be attributed to various factors:

  • Hormonal Fluctuations: Elevated hormone levels can heighten skin sensitivity.
  • Skin Stretching: As your belly expands, your skin stretches, leading to itchiness.
  • Increased Blood Flow: Enhanced blood circulation to the skin may sometimes result in itching.
  • Pregnancy-Specific Skin Conditions: Certain conditions like PUPPP (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) or intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy can cause rashes or itchiness.

Tips for Relief

  • – Moisturize: Hydrating your skin is key to reducing itchiness. Opt for hypoallergenic, fragrance-free moisturizers, and consider products with colloidal oatmeal or calamine for added relief.
  • – Cool Baths: Soothe irritated skin by taking lukewarm or cool baths. Adding baking soda or oatmeal to the water can enhance the calming effect.
  • – Loose Clothing: Wear breathable, loose-fitting clothing, preferably made of cotton.
  • – Avoid Scratching: Resist the urge to scratch, as it can worsen itching and lead to skin damage. Keep your nails short and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching during sleep.
  • – Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain skin hydration from within.
  • – Consult Your Obstetrician: If you develop a rash or experience severe itching, especially on your palms or soles, it’s important to consult your healthcare provider. Some conditions may require medical intervention.

While skin changes during pregnancy can be uncomfortable, understanding their causes and implementing appropriate remedies can bring relief. Every woman’s experience is unique, so it’s crucial to be proactive and seek guidance when needed to ensure your skin remains as radiant as the new life you’re nurturing within.


You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 07 3188 5000.

This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.

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