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Pregnancy is an incredible journey that brings about many changes, some exciting, others that can be quite uncomfortable.
One of the most common discomforts experienced during pregnancy is itching. Itching can occur for a variety of reasons and can range from mild to severe. If you are experiencing itching during pregnancy, it's important to understand the causes and seek appropriate treatment to ensure the health and safety of both you and your baby.
We've written this post to help pregnant people understand why they may be itching and how to find relief. We'll discuss the different causes of itching during pregnancy and offer some tips for soothing itchiness.
Although irritating, itching during pregnancy is common, especially on the bump, it can sometimes be a symptom of a liver condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy or ICP.
If you're pregnant and experiencing itchiness, it's good to let your midwife or doctor know so they can investigate and help alleviate any discomfort.
Let's run through some of the common causes of itching during pregnancy.
If you've has during a past pregnancy, there's an increased likelihood that it'll occur again in future pregnancies. The symptoms of ICP include:
If you're itchy and have a rash, you could have a skin condition that's known as polymorphic eruption of pregnancy or PEP.
If you think you have PEP, don't worry. While it can be unpleasant and uncomfortable, it won't harm you or your baby, and it can be treated with the help of your GP or midwife or doctor.
PEP sounds serious, but it's a common skin disorder pregnant people experience. It causes itching, a rash, small, raised lumps and large inflamed areas of skin, usually on the stomach.
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