Found: Relief for an Itchy Belly

Christine Coppa

Flickr photo by Henna Sooq
You may notice that your belly is itchy these days. Is this normal? Yes, relax. When your uterus grows and expands to accommodate your growing fetus, your skin stretches and this can cause some bothersome, er, tickling. Pregnancy hormones can also cause some discomfort, in addition to changes in your liver enzymes.

Like chickenpox or a mosquito bite, don't itch and scratch -- this will irritate the skin more. What can you do?

Nix That Hot Shower: According to an article published in Newsweek, "Our skin contains special proteins and fats that make up a protective barrier and lock in moisture to protect us from harsh outside environments. Frequent hot baths and showers we take all strip our skin of this natural protection," says Dr. Megan Moore, a dermatologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Lather Up: Try *Eucerin Calming Itch-Relief Treatment. This fast-absorbing lotion provides immediate relief of itchy, dry skin -- and it's fragrance-free, so it won't bother pregnant women with a heightened sense of smell (a common side effect of pregnancy).

*All Eucerin skincare products are tested and formulated to be safe. If you have specific concerns, consult your OB-GYN.

Wear Loose-Fitting Clothes: That's right, give your belly some breathing room. A-line tops that are fitted around the bust and flare out are ideal because they're flowy and don't cling to your bump. Try this non-maternity top from Urban Outfitters.

Do you have any remedies for an itchy pregnant belly?

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