among expectant mothers often heard complaints that they feel itching during pregnancy , especially around their growing belly and chest.This is not surprising, because the skin stretches to accommodate and nalivshuyusya breasts and increase tummy!Well, you can not, of course, exclude the hormonal changes, which can also be the cause of the itching of the skin (for example, due to a rise in hormone levels in women may appear a tendency to allergic reactions to any foods or cosmetics).
Some pregnant women notice that their palms and soles of the feet become red and sometimes itchy.This condition can be caused by increasing levels of estrogen, and it usually disappears immediately after birth.
You may also find that you have a dry skin, which you did not have before, and that your skin become more sensitive than before pregnancy.Eczema appears often during pregnancy (or deteriorates, and if it was before).In psoriasis, the situation is reversed: Many women say the weakening of his symptoms during
How to relieve itchy skin?
relief of pruritus during pregnancy increasingly depends on its cause.If itching is caused only by stretching or dry skin, you will have enough of these simple measures to alleviate their condition:
- Avoid hot baths and showers, as much hot water dries the skin, making the itching even stronger.Use a soft (you can baby), unscented soap (some fragrances can cause irritation), be sure to rinse the soap is good!Gets wet wipes movements (do not rub the skin!) A soft towel.
- After a bath or shower, you can use a moisturizer and odorless.Many women prefer baby oil, for example TM «Johnson's Baby».
- Try to make a cool, wet compress on the itchy area of skin.
- Try not to go out when it is very hot - the heat can intensify the itching.
- Wear loose cotton clothes.
- Before you make up a new lipstick or dye your hair, run a test for allergies on a small area of the skin.If redness, you of this cosmetics is better to refuse!The same applies for permanent waving hair ("Chemistry")!
If you have a strong and very itchy rash on the skin, these measures by themselves are unlikely to be able to help you.Talk to your gynecologist (or dermatologist), you may need local treatment with ointments or oral antihistamines (allergy) preparations.
Could severe itching without a rash be a sign of a problem?
Strong itching during pregnancy , occurring in the second or, more often, in the third trimester may be a sign of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (VHB) - liver problems, which affects about 1% of pregnant women.
When bile does not flow through the small ducts in the liver, bile salts accumulate in the skin, which causes it to itch.Most often itch first start feet and hands, but some women say that once the whole body itches.Itching is usually very intense and generally worse at night.
At first glance, itchy skin in this disease is the only symptom.State itself does not cause a rash, but you may notice redness or irritation of the skin with small cracks.Some women also have symptoms such as loss of appetite, mild nausea, malaise.In rare cases, a woman develops mild jaundice.
cholestasis - a rather dangerous condition not only for you, but it can cause problems, and the child!Therefore, if you suspect that you VHB, or have appeared inexplicable and very severe itching of the skin, consult a doctor!He will prescribe you a blood test to determine the diagnosis.
VHB increases the risk of stillbirth, so you will need to periodically monitor, and ultrasound of the heart of the child to monitor his condition.You will also need to repeat the blood tests to check the function of your liver.
Usually the diagnosis is confirmed a woman prescribed medications that regulate the liver and reduces itching and other symptoms (if any).These drugs are not only safe for a child, they also reduce all of the possible complications that may be due to his mother cholestasis.
If ultrasound or cardiac monitoring indicate that the child has a serious problem, you will be assigned an emergency delivery.In most cases, this is done by induction of labor, regardless of the gestational age.
After 2 - 7 days after delivery intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy takes place itself.Note that if you choose to give birth again, then 90% of the VHB again in the next pregnancy, so do not forget to notify your doctor!
way, some women who have had cholestasis during pregnancy, developed a similar problem with pruritus, and even liver failure occurs, if they use hormonal contraception (one of the side effects of birth control pills).
There are a number of conditions relating directly to pregnancy, which can also cause rashes and itching pregnancy .Symptoms of these conditions are practically the same, and it can mislead you, so do not try to diagnose yourself, rush to the doctor!