Mild itching is common during pregnancy due to increased blood supply and of stretched skin in the abdomen. This type of reaction is not worrying. But if the itching gets worse and become unbearable, they may indicate the presence of a serious liver condition called cholestasis of pregnancy. Less than one in a hundred pregnant women have it, according to the UK’s public health system (NHS), but she needs medical attention. So, how to react? Should we consult at the slightest scratch?
You don’t need to be alarmed if your stomach or other parts of your body are scratching a bit. Hormones, dry skin, and a host of other reasonscan explain it. Opt for loose clothing to limit friction and irritation on the skin. Of natural fabrics like cotton help air to circulate better. You can try to take a cool bath or apply moisturizing lotion light and unscented to help relieve the urge to scratch.
Mild itching is usually not harmful to you or your baby, but sometimes it can be a sign of a more serious condition. If they increase, consult your midwife or doctor, to explore the thesis of cholestasis of pregnancy. This severe liver disorder affects a small number of pregnant women. Symptoms usually appear from about 30 weeks of pregnancy, but it is possible to develop the disease as early as the 8th week.
The cause is unclear. There is a postmanhereditary, and women of Indian and Pakistani descent are at higher risk. Scientists hypothesized that increased pregnancy hormones may slow the normal flow of bile. This liquid produced by the liver helps the digestive system to break down fat. With cholestasis of pregnancy, bile salts accumulate instead of being eliminated by the liver, and eventually enter the bloodstream, which causes the itching.
The typical symptom is a itching without a rash, usually at the level of the palms of the hands and feet, but which can spread all over the body. The itching is often continuous and unbearable, and worsen at night. Other symptoms may appear: dark urine, yellowing of the skin and eyes, light colored stools.
Apart from the itching that is difficult to bear, the disease does not jeopardize the health of the future mother. The baby, when it comes to him, risks being born prematurely or stillborn, and developing lung problems. Due to these complications, doctors often induce labor around week 37 of pregnancy. The itching disappears a few days after childbirth.