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Ask any mother and she’d tell you that the most annoying pregnancy symptom that they experienced during when they were expecting was itching. Itching during pregnancy is so common that many would-be mums just dismiss it as a normal pregnancy symptom.
However, sometimes itching during pregnancy can be a cause of concern. This is why we thought it is necessary for every pregnant woman to know about itching and when is it that they should be worried.
Itching during pregnancy is caused as your skin stretches to accommodate the new baby and becomes dry and moisture-deprived in the process.
The increasing levels of oestrogen also lead to excessive itchiness during pregnancy. While most of the times the itchiness happens during the third trimester, many women also experience it during the first time due to the raging pregnancy hormones.
While mild itching which has no other symptoms, especially in the last few months, is considered to be normal, moderate to severe itching which doesn’t seem to get better can be a cause of concern for pregnant women. Here’s when you should be worried:
Mild pregnancy itching can be treated safely at home with a number of natural remedies that would not alleviate itching, but also moisturize your skin. Here are a few most effective ones.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil has just the right combination of fatty acids that are excellent to soothe your itchy skin, besides making your skin supple and moisturized. Just pour a little coconut oil on your palms and apply all over the body or on the affect area twice a day, especially after bath.
Aloe Vera Gel: Known for it’s soothing properties, aloe vera gel can be very useful in relieving pregnancy itching and also preventing stretch marks. Just take pure, organic aloe vera gel wherever you’re feeling itchy and leave it overnight.
Baking soda: You can also apply a baking soda paste on the itchy areas. Take 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mix it in just enough water to make a thick paste. Apply on the affected area and leave for 15 minutes and wash off.
Cold water baths: Make sure that you take cold water baths and avoid using hot showers as it makes your skin even more dry.
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Avantika Kukreti is a mother of the cutest five-year-old daughter in this world, who keeps on amusing her everyday with her amazing storytelling prowess. She also happens to be a multi-platform media professional with 9 years of experience in lifestyle writing and editing.
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