Why does my baby bump itch?

April 1, 2016

Pregnant women often complain of an itchy baby bump that feels tight and uncomfortable. But why does it happen and what's the best way to deal with it?

Your tummy can feel extra itchy during pregnancy because your body has increased the blood supply to your skin. Also your belly is stretching to make room for your growing baby, which means the fibres of your skin are pulling (and sometimes even breaking, which creates stretch marks across the stomach area) and making you want to scratch. The skin can also begin to feel dry and tight as your pregnancy develops.

The good news is that this mild itchiness is very common and there is something you can do about it. Moisturise your tummy with Mama's Belly Rub Stretch Mark Oil to quickly soothe the itch and hydrate your skin. The Baobab Oil and Shea Butter blend nourishes and conditions the skin, helping to reduce stretch marks and improve elasticity. You can even use it over your breasts, thighs and arms, which can also feel extra itchy and dry during pregnancy.

Try to avoid harsh cleansers and body washes that contain chemicals that can dry out the skin. Instead opt for moisture rich soaps that are mild on the skin and remove impurities without extracting the moisture.

Moisturise throughout pregnancy to reduce the risk of developing stretch marks. However, if you do get stretch marks continue to moisturise daily (even after the birth) because the hydrating oils will encourage them to fade faster.

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