Pregnancy discomforts are mostly due to hormonal changes that occur inside the mother’s body for the growth and welfare of the baby. Apart from discomforts like morning sickness, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, bloating etc., itchiness also troubles pregnant women. Most pregnant women experience itchiness after 24th week of pregnancy, when the belly starts to show. Here are few tips to handle itchy belly during pregnancy:
What causes itchiness?
As the abdomen expands to accommodate the growing baby, the skin stretches and leaves stretch marks & itchy skin. The loss of moisture mainly causes itchiness in the growing belly region which may even extend to the thighs. The rushing hormones also contribute to the itchiness to some extent.
Tips to control itchiness
During pregnancy, one cannot opt for medical treatments to treat itchiness but the below simple remedies can keep itchiness under control: