Itching During Pregnancy Needs Immediate Attention

Itching During Pregnancy Needs Immediate Attention
Itching During Pregnancy Needs Immediate Attention
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  1. Vaginal itching can be caused by changes in pH.
  2. Itching may be a sign of intrahepatic cholestasis.
  3. Candidiasis is another reason behind vaginal itching.

Pregnancy – is a difficult time, a woman is facing new sensations. An expectant mother’s body takes a revolution associated with creating conditions for gestation and child’s birth.

Not all changes occurring in the body can be called pleasant, conversely many of them cause problems, especially often first itching. Sometimes becomes so intolerable that we have to seek the help of a specialist. Here are a few tips on how to deal with itching during pregnancy.

Vaginal Flora

Itching in the intimate area is one of the most common “side-effects” that occur during pregnancy. Vaginal itching can be caused by changes in pH of the vagina, and for lowering the pH of the vaginal flora, you can always try sodium bicarbonate. But make sure, you have your doctor’s approval for doing so.

Hormonal Changes

The hormonal background itself does not cause itching and burning, but creates a favorable background for the development of many associated diseases. Candidiasis or thrush is one of the most common causes of itching in the vagina. The happens because of the hormonal changes that a pregnant woman walks through.

In another medical report, around one percent expecting women develop a condition that can be characterized by small red blisters around their belly.

Intrahepatic Cholestasis

Severe itching in the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy may be a sign of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. This is a problem of the liver that occurs, it is true, quite rare, but should be considered.

When bile does not flow normally in the small ducts of the liver, bile salts accumulate in the skin and cause itching. But this is pretty intense. The condition does not cause a rash, but can manifest red leather, irritated.

If you suspect this condition, it is important to go immediately to the doctor that may affect the normal development of the fetus.

STDs, Genital Herpes, Chlamydia

All these diseases can cause similar symptoms. Moreover, most of them are accompanied by pain in the abdomen and can cause a specific discharge in urine. When the disease affects the blood vessels of the vaginal lining, it becomes very sensitive and cracks appear on it cause itching.

Stress And Nervous

Stress and nervous experience may also cause itching, so it is important to monitor the emotional state of a woman. In most cases, for the treatment of pruritus, one should immediately consult a specialist; he is the person who can prescribe drugs or procedures so that you can get rid of these unpleasant sensations.

Constantly Expanding Tummy & Breasts

Itching skin in pregnancy is located mainly in the constantly expanding tummy and breasts, which increase day by day more. During pregnancy, itching can be caused for other reasons as well such as stretching of the skin as a result of the rapid growth of pregnant mother’s stomach. This kind of itch is normal and treatment, in this case, is not that necessary. However, one must use some body lotion to lubricate the skin of the abdomen.

Increased Levels of Estrogen

Sometimes, itchy skin is the result of skin diseases, which is also accompanied by various types of rashes and illness. During pregnancy, women have increased levels of estrogen, which stimulates the bladder biliary. This stagnation, in turn, leads to an increased release of bile acids that cause dryness and peeling skin.

Treatment, in this case, is to use drugs that stimulate the gallbladder and topical treatment of skin with oil or cream to soothe the section. It is advised to use natural products and not cosmetics. However, before using anything, it is better to have your doctor’s opinion.

Food Allergies 

Also, food allergies can be a reason. Do keep a close watch on what you eat. A bad food can upset your stomach. An upset stomach leads to bile problems and, hence, itching problems. During pregnancy, contact with chemicals should be reduced to a minimum. Be sure to use gloves, and after using detergents, wash well.

Dear mothers, you must not ignore this because it may indicate the disease, which must be removed before baby’s birth.