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Every pregnancy is different, but one common (and uncomfortable) symptom that many people experience is mild itching. If you're pregnant and find yourself scratching away, it's important to understand the reasons behind this and seek suitable remedies.
Let's guide you through the causes of itching during pregnancy and offer some practical tips to help ease the discomfort.
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 doctor.
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