At first I thought it would go away. I wasn't a moisturise-every-day kind of person before I became pregnant and only now understand why it's so important to moisturise every day. I've tried everything I possibly can to stop the itch and it was starting to drive me crazy. The worst time was at Christmas when I was visiting family and had forgotten my heavy moisturiser, needless to say it had made me very very miserable. I took to asking good old Facebook friends if they had any suggestions and was glad to receive quite a few responses and good suggestions (one of which being WD40 which did make me laugh).
Up until that point I had been using Sudocrem but as it's such a heavy barrier cream it had started to bring me out in spots which were getting sore as I scratched. Not fun I can tell you. I had got to the point where I didn't want to leave the house because I was so miserable. Everywhere itched, burned and was immensely sore.
I was told that you shouldn't put anything on your pregnant body that you wouldn't put on a baby, so that's when I decided to try Johnsons Baby Lotion. My reasoning was simple - good enough for babies, good enough for me. It has been an absolute godsend let me tell you. It took a few days to show any effects but now I use it three times a day and my skin feels glorious compared to what it was. It's now smooth, moisturised and much more supple, meaning that it will stretch a lot easier than before. I apply it in the morning, around lunchtime if I get itchy in work and before bed. The night time application is thick and I give it a few minutes of breathing space to soak in, otherwise my PJs/bedclothes stick to me, urgh!
I have found that airing your skin works wonders so when you've got a private moment, strip off and let the air get to you, do it! I sometimes go to the toilet in work and whip my top off just to get a breathe of air to me when I'm itching - works a treat! (my colleagues obviously don't know I do that!)
So for a few weeks I have been feeling rotten but it is starting to get better. Itching skin during pregnancy has been a real issue but I've managed to combat it with a few simple steps:
- Wear loose fitting cotton clothing, especially to bed. You want your skin to breathe.
- Apply a moisturiser suitable for babies and children to your skin every day and top up when you get itchy.
- When applying the moisturiser, rub on in smooth and gentle circular motions , ensuring that it is being absorbed fully into your skin.
- Keep your fingernails short and clean so if you do scratch, you won't break the skin and cause an infection.
- Let the air get to your skin as often as you can. (My husband has been seeing a lot of flesh lately!
- Avoid hot and steamy baths and showers, this will dry your skin out much more and make your itch worse.
- Keep your skin as clean as possible and use a light exfoliator once a week to remove any dead/dry skin that may be troubling you.
- Avoid using any shampoo/shower gel/bath foam with lots of chemicals and perfume in, there will more than likely make your skin worse.
- If the itching spreads beyond your torso - go to the doctor/midwife. It could be the sign of a liver problem which is easily treated but can cause serious problems if ignored.
*all opinions contained within this post are my own. I am not a medical professional. If you are concerned at any time during your pregnancy visit your doctor or midwife. I was not asked to recommend brand products nor was I provided with any products to use.