What is pregnancy itching… and what can you do about it? By pregnancy expert, Jackie Heffer-Cooke

Many women suffer pregnancy itching… but why do we itch more in pregnancy, and most importantly what can you do about it?  Our pregnancy and childbirth expert, Jackie Heffer-Cooke, has some answers for you and how you may be able to find support to relieve it.  

Why do we get itching in pregnancy?

Mild itching is common because of the increase in blood supply – there’s a third more blood rocking around your body by third trimester!  When you add in your skin being stretched across your growing belly, you have the perfect recipe for an uncomfortable itch.

Pregnancy itching Norwich pregnancy and birthing expert The OGCSo what can I do about pregnancy itching?

There are a number of things you can do to help relieve a pregnancy itch:

  • Wear loose clothes, tight clothes can cause irritation
  • Wear natural fabrics – breathable cloths like cotton
  • Take a cool bath 🙂

You can also use a suitable lotion or moisturiser that is super kind and sensitive to skin. I recommend Hopes Relief Cream, it contains no petrochemicals and is the natural choice for irritable skin and it includes Jojoba, Calendula, Manuka Honey and Liquorice to support healing.  I use it at home if my kids get any itching/rashes, it’s super kind and works a treat.  You can check out Hopes Relief Cream in The Orange Grove Shop.

  • Don’t use anything that may irritate the skin such as perfumes, and only use a plain lotion or soap.

If you’re worried or have severe itching, then talk to your midwife or doctor as there is a condition called Obstetric Cholestasis which is a potentially serious liver disorder – other symptoms include jaundice, dark urine and pale poo.  If you are in any doubt, then check it out.

Jackie Heffer-Cooke is a Norwich based expert on all things pregnancy and childbirth.  She also teaches HypnoBirthing, pregnancy yoga, baby yoga with YogaBubs, and is a pregnancy massage specialist.