Pregnancy Itchy Skin
If your skin is feeling dry and itchy during pregnancy, you can blame it on your changing body. Why? As your belly and breasts grow during the next 9 months, your skin is stretching to accommodate them. Add your pregnancy hormones to the mix, and you’ll find your skin is feeling drier than usual.Jump To Full Article Below
DEALING WITH PREGNANCY ITCHING
Rapid changes to your body size and an increase in estrogen often make skin dry and itchy during pregnancy. Hormonal changes like these deplete your skin of its natural oils and elasticity. You may even find the palms of your hands and soles of your feet are red and irritated, too. And for those who already suffer from dry skin or eczema, that itchy feeling may increase during the next 9 months.
Thankfully, your skin will feel better and less irritated once your baby is born. And in the mean time, easy changes to your beauty regimen cam help prevent itchy skin during pregnancy.
How do I care for my skin during pregnancy?
- Keep your cool: While we all love steaming hot showers and baths, pregnancy skincare requires a gentle approach. Hot water removes the natural oils from your skin, so use lukewarm water when you can. If you can’t handle the cooler temperature, try limiting your time in the shower or tub by a few minutes.
And when it’s time to get dressed, wear breathable, cotton clothing in easy layers. Stray from synthetic or wool clothing.
- Be gentle: Mild soaps with a moisturizer built in are best for itchy skin during pregnancy. Also try to use fragrance-free soaps and moisturizers if you can. Why? Added fragrance can often cause irritation. Gentle, oatmeal baths and unscented bath oils work wonders, too.
After bathing, moisturize your skin while its still damp and pat it dry with a soft towel.
- Moisturize inside and out: Remind yourself to drink a few glasses of water each day to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Keeping a humidifier in the room helps, too.
- Protect your skin: The sun can cause added damage and dry your skin. Be sure to protect your skin and wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 every day.
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