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Normal pregnancy itch

Itching is not uncommon during pregnancy. In most cases it is a normal pregnancy itch, but it is important to exclude the underlying disease.

What is normal pregnancy itching?

Pregnancy leads to normal (physiological) changes in the skin. The course of chronic skin diseases can change during pregnancy and there are also skin diseases that are specific to pregnancy. In addition to rash, itching is the most common symptom in these skin conditions.

Normal pregnancy itch

"Normal" pregnancy itching is common. About 5% of all pregnant women are affected by itching during pregnancy. Itching of the skin occurs due to physiological changes. Dry skin and increased tension in the skin are most common. High concentrations of pregnancy hormones are also likely to contribute.


Typical for physiological pruritus is that there are no rashes, except for dry skin and tearing marks due to pruritus. Pregnancy-related skin diseases, on the other hand, often have characteristic rashes.


Itching during pregnancy can be caused by normal skin changes, skin diseases or pregnancy-related internal medical conditions.


Normal pregnancy itching is the most common cause of itching during pregnancy. For more information about pregnancy and maternity fashion, please see BESTAAH.COM maternity shorts. The diagnosis is made by excluding other causes of itching during pregnancy.

An itchy rash excludes pregnancy itching - common explanations are then atopic eczema, allergic contact eczema or in some cases psoriasis - diseases that the woman probably had before she became pregnant. Severe itching of the abdomen with eruptions of red dots and blisters can be a harmless skin disease (PUPPP - Pruritic Urticaria Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy) that disappears after childbirth. Larger blisters may be compatible with the skin disease pregnancy pemphigoid.

In some pregnant women, the cause of the itching is narrow bile ducts in the liver (intrahepatic cholestasis). The condition causes itching during the last three months, which is typically most intense in the palms and soles of the feet and worst in the night. Blood tests will show elevated liver values, bile acids.

Acute fatty liver during pregnancy is a rare condition. In Sweden, there are about ten cases per year. The condition develops rapidly, over a few days, to severe liver failure characterized by generalized impairment, nausea, itching, increasing appetite and jaundice.

Chronic liver diseases such as virus hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis also cause troublesome skin itching.


The best way to treat itchy skin during pregnancy is to use plenty of moisturizing cream and not to let the skin dry out.

If the woman uses moisturizing cream, make sure to lubricate herself just after getting out of the shower / bath while the skin is still moist. This makes it easier for the skin to absorb more of the moisturizing cream and relieves the itching better than if the skin is lubricated when dry. Some claim that lubricating the skin on the abdomen with moisturizing cream can help reduce the risk of skin rashes and / or their extent.

It may be appropriate to use anti-itch agents, antihistamines. Take it up with a doctor.


The prognosis for normal pregnancy itching is good. The condition goes over shortly after birth and does not increase the risk of other diseases occurring later.



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