Itching during pregnancy
There are three causes of itching during pregnancy, namely dry skin, stretch lines on the skin of the abdomen, and symptoms of PUPP. PUPP stands for Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy which usually occurs because there is an increase in the activity of gonadotropin and estrogen hormones. The level of itching also varies. Starting from the mildest to those that cause a rash on the body. There are even some cases that cause swelling and redness. Such cases usually occur in women who are pregnant with twins or their first child. This itching will appear around the stomach or line stretch marks which then spreads to the arms and thighs. Incidents like this are very dangerous for both the mother and the child. The effects can be very disturbing. In ordinary cases, doctors usually give tropical ointments to treat these cases or recommend antihistamines.
Actually most cases of itching during pregnancy are not dangerous because this is a normal case. However, if you feel disturbed, contact your doctor immediately. This itching can disappear immediately after delivery. Usually this itching appears when the mother is in a hot place. So, you should use loose clothes made of cotton. So that air circulation will not be disturbed. It’s best not to leave the house when the temperature is still hot. However, if circumstances force you to leave the house, you should prepare wet wipes or a mini fan to prevent your skin from drying out.
Tips to reduce itching
Usually when a person feels itchy on his body, he will tend to scratch it and this can lead to skin irritation or secondary infection. For that, you should be careful if you scratch this itching or you should hold it. It’s natural to be annoyed. For that, here are some tips that can help reduce itching.
- Apply a moisturizing lotion. Always keep the skin moist during pregnancy because the risk of experiencing itching is very high. By applying a moisturizing lotion, this will help reduce scratching. The trick, just apply the lotion to the itchy areas, such as the stomach and around the chest because these areas are very likely to itch.
- Increase consumption of vegetables, fruits, and water. These consumption materials are very good for maintaining body moisture naturally. The benefits are not only for pregnant women, but also for the babies they are carrying.
- Wear clothes that absorb sweat easily. Pregnant women usually produce more sweat than women who are not pregnant. Since she will often feel hot and sweaty, this can cause itching. The solution is to use maternity clothes made of cotton. Apart from reducing itching, this material is also comfortable to wear.
- Take a cold shower. It’s best not to take a shower in hot or warm water as this will only increase the risk of itching. Don’t forget to use soap that has a low pH, such as baby soap.