Ok, so I am at 36 weeks and over the last couple of days my skin is sooooo itchy all of the sudden! I have been taking cool showers, drinking lots of water, and using lotion twice a day. Then I wake up in the middle of the night itching my belly or breasts until they are almost raw. What gives? Is this normal? Any recommendations on a good lotion to use? I just bought the st. ives soothing one (which I also use the body wash), it has oatmeal and other things that are supposed to soothe dry, itchy skin.
GOLD / wonderful grape / 20289 posts
Itchy belly sucks! I think it's the skin stretching. I tried potion but nothing worked.
grapefruit / 4056 posts
You might want to make sure your OB knows about this so they can check your liver enzymes. Extreme itchiness without a rash that doesn't respond to the usual measures is sometimes cholestasis of pregnancy, and needs to be treated.
pomegranate / 3729 posts
@MsMini: I am going to google this and mention my itchiness to my midwife on Tuesday at my appointment. Thanks!
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
Try not to itch! I itched like crazy after I gave birth.. my skin looks terrible now..