It is not uncommon to experience dry and itching skin when pregnant. This can be all over the body or just on the bump and legs, very rarely, a condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy can cause itching so it's advised to have any itching checked by your midwife.
Your body is going through lots of changes, increases in hormone levels and blood volume start in the first trimester of your pregnancy and both of these can produce changes to your skin. Also in the second and third trimesters your skin is stretching rapidly to accommodate your new baby’s growth.
Our in-house midwives have some hints and tips on how to keep your more comfortable and ease the itch.
- Keep your legs, bump and whole body moisturised to prevent your skin from drying out and causing the urge to scratch, and we recommend a product containing natural ingredients
- If your legs are itching try gently massaging them (or asking your partner to) – this will encourage the blood flow to the surface of the skin and will enable better circulation and hydration in your body
- Try to keep cool by wearing natural fibres that won’t irritate the skin
- A cool shower or bath can help, and soaking your feet in a cool bowl of water can help reduce swelling and itchiness. Just remember to moisturise afterwards to prevent your skin from drying out.