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Itching in stomach during ninth month of pregnancy. Suggest medicine for relief

May 2013
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Hi my wife is pregnant and in her 9th month. She has itiching in her stomach. Can you please suggest some thing which can give some relief.
Posted Fri, 8 Jun 2012 in Women's Health
Answered by Dr. Sree Gouri SR 1 hour later
thanks for the query.

Itching of the abdomen is a normal finding in pregnancy. It occurs because of,

-As the uterus grows with the progression of pregnancy, skin stretches to accommodate it by separation of collagen fibers which will lead to moisture deprivation.
-Changes in levels of hormones during pregnancy is also one cause.

In pregnancy itching because of stretching is commonly felt on the abdomen, breast etc .
But if generalized itching is present it may indicate some underlying problem.

To get relief from itching,

-use XXXXXXX warm water for bath, avoid hot shower baths.

-mild soap or shower gel to be used, it should be rinsed well and towel off lightly.

-Then apply cream containing vitamin E and alovera like ‘Elovera cream’.

-Anti-itch lotion like pink calamine lotion can also be used.

-should not scratch.

-Choose loose cotton clothes.

-Avoid going out in hot weather.

-Excessive and rapid weight gain to be avoided.

-Good hydration and balanced nutrition to be maintained.

-Avoid continuously sleeping in same position.

Hope I have answered your query. I will be available to answer your follow up queries. If you are satisfied with all my answer, please do not forget to accept it.
take care.
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