(Closed) Itchy!

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

the What to Expect book is really alarmist, I find. Skin also gets itchy from pulling tighter and can be itchy in general even without that in pregnancy, and the belly is usually where it starts. would wait to call, personally, and see how it goes!

Post # 4
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had that recently. It’s winter here so dry skin is common, I just chalked it up to the stretching skin being more sensitive. I moisturized like crazy (like 3-4 times a day) and it went away.

Post # 5
3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My boobs and stomach are really itchy all the time. I think it’s mostly because the skin is streching. My boobs are definitely getting bigger. 

Post # 6
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree that it’s probably just regular winter itch from dry skin combined with the pregnancy stretching.

Post # 7
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MsKeee:  Agreed. Itching is super duper common because of everything going on with your skin, I’m 22 weeks pregnant and itch allllll the time, I can’t imagine calling my doctor about it to be honest. I have to use body butter or lotion every day or I would scratch my skin raw!

Post # 8
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

1. Stop reading What to Expect. It’s like the worst pregnancy guide out there. Get a new book. I suggest the Mayo Clinic Guide.

2. Don’t freak out. The itching is normal. If you start to develop sores, your skin cracks, or you bleed, then you can start to be concerned. I’d talk to your OB about it at your next scheduled appointment.

Post # 9
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am 31 weeks and am often itchy and have been most of the pregnancy. All over.  Belly, back, and arms and legs.  Sometimes hands and feet.  Haven’t had any complications with my pregnancy so I can’t imagine it’s an issue.  Even if it was, I can’t imagine it is an emergency that couldn’t wait until your next appointment or at least until Monday.

Post # 11
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@tnbellebee:  I had this with my pregnancy, it was just bile salts collection under the skin, it was bad enough to wake me up at night, there was no involvement of my liver, but after mentioning it to my dr at my appointments they started to follow my liver enzymes just to make sure everything was good. She also gave me a prescription to help with the itching and suggested oatmeal baths and making sure my skin wasn’t dry. I would just wait to mention it to your doctor at your next appointment, especially since it’s on Wed and the itching could be related to anything that PP’s have mentioned. Just watch for any rashes, sores or worsening of the symptoms.

Post # 12
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@tnbellebee:  Yeah, you’re totally right – compared to Babycentre, What to Expect is totally chill. I should have qualified that with – on the pregnancy book scale, What to Expect is more alarmist than say, the Mayo Clinic Guide. From experience re: liver problems, if you had a real serious liver problem that needed immed treatment, you would have more problems than just itchiness. My Darling Husband had an acute liver problem and was literally screaming in pain, among other symptoms including itchiness.

Post # 15
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was recently talking to a friend and she actually had to be induced early because of liver problems. Her only symptom was itching.  She went to the doctor at 37 weeks and just casually mentioned it and the doctor had her in for induction the next day.  I guess it was pretty serious.   But as the others mentioned it could be something else.  I’d at least call tomorrow just in case they want to see you early.  

Post # 16
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@tnbellebee:  I got really itchy boobs, belly and hips and spoke to my doctor.  He told me that it was my skin stretching and to apply lots of cream (unscented) and drink lots of fluids to keep myself hydrated.  It did make a big difference for me.

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