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Abdominal itchiness 

Abdominal itchiness is the sensation of itchy irritated skin around your abdomen.

What causes it?

Your skin stretching causes your abdominal itching. As Baby grows, your skin is trying to keep up with your expanding uterus. This is more likely to happen in the second and third trimester when you have the most growth.


Scratching is the number one no-no in terms of relief. When the irritated skin is scratched, more irritation can occur and a cycle begins. Instead of scratching for relief, try applying a moisturizer to the area. Lotions made to curb itching, like calamine lotion, can also bring relief.

Soaking in a warm bath with oatmeal and applying Vitamin E to the skin are natural home remedies known to curb irritation. Increasing water intake can also help to fight off dry skin, which may be a secondary cause of the irritation.

If dry skin is the culprit, try using a humidifier in the home to increase air moisture and decrease the time it takes skin to dry.

You should let your healthcare provider know about abdominal itching, as it may sometimes be associated with a more serious dermatologic condition of pregnancy like PUPPS. It’s also a good idea to let your healthcare provider know anytime you have a rash.

Reviewed by Dr. Jamie Lo
Read more
  • “Itching and obstetric cholestasis in pregnancy.” NHS Choices. NHS Choices, 7/17/2014. Web.
  • Mayo Clinic Staff. “Cholestasis of pregnancy.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 8/16/2014. Web.
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