With the increase of gestational weeks, many pregnant mothers have abdominal itching. When the itch is uncomfortable, the pregnant mother can’t help scratching. I thought it would be relieved later, but I didn’t expect it to itch more and more. Why can appear belly itch? How should we take care of it?
I. causes of abdominal itching during pregnancy
· normal itching
Dry climate, increased estrogen during pregnancy, skin rash, stretch marks and other conditions will appear the symptoms of abdominal itching. Generally, it will not cause harm to the fetus, but when the pruritus is serious, it will affect the life and rest of the pregnant mother.
· intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy
Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy is a unique complication in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. Its clinical manifestations are skin pruritus, jaundice, dark urine color and so on. Generally, the pruritus caused by intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy is light during the day and heavy at night. It is worth noting that intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy has a great impact on the fetus, which may cause fetal distress and even death, and the mortality of newborns will be higher than that of normal newborns.
In case of skin pruritus, pregnant mothers should not deal with it by themselves. They should go to the hospital in time to check whether it is a complication caused by intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. Symptomatic treatment can ensure the safety of themselves and the fetus.
II. How to care for abdominal itch during pregnancy
Like intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, pregnant mothers must see a doctor, let the doctor judge the treatment, and do not use drugs without permission. When these special cases are excluded, pregnant mothers with abdominal itching can’t scratch often and vigorously, and relieve itching through nursing.
1. Keep skin moisturized
Winter is dry, even if it is not a pregnant mother, she often itches because her skin is dry. The solution is very simple, nothing more than strengthening skin moisturizing. When using moisturizing products, pregnant mothers should pay attention to selecting products that do not contain alcohol and pigment, or select special skin care products for sensitive skin according to pregnant mothers’ skin constitution.
In addition to applying moisturizing products, you also need to pay attention to indoor air humidity. If the air is too dry, you can use a humidifier to adjust the humidity. Pay attention to changing clothes frequently, cleaning and keeping warm.
2. Pay attention to bathing
Bathing is to clean the skin of the whole body. Too high water temperature, frequent bathing and too strong cleaning power of shower gel will take away the moisture of the skin, resulting in dry skin. Some pregnant mothers like to rub their backs with rough towels and nylon balls. Such a cleaning method will destroy the skin barrier function and aggravate the degree of pruritus.
If you don’t feel at ease, the pregnant mother should at least use a soft cotton towel to scrub. And apply moisturizing products in time after bathing to minimize the loss of skin moisture.
3. Reduce the generation of stretch marks
Pregnancy will inevitably produce stretch marks, especially in the middle and third trimester of pregnancy, the belly will be overstretched, the elastic fibers of the skin will be pulled, and stretch marks are easy to grow, and the pregnant part will often have a sense of pruritus. Therefore, pregnant mothers can prevent stretch marks to a certain extent by eating more foods that enhance skin elasticity or using functional olive oil products.
4. Keep happy
Pregnant mother’s mood changes greatly, and adverse emotions such as tension, anxiety and excitement will only aggravate the itching feeling. Skin itching is the most taboo to scratch, because the more you scratch, the more serious the scratch. Pregnant mothers should adjust their emotions and don’t remind themselves of belly itching all the time. Distract and keep happy, and the pregnant mother will not suffer from pruritus.