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Pregnant. Stressed, itching and tingling skin, not able to sleep properly. Is this related to the pregnancy or stress?

Hi, I m 2-3 weeks pregnant and I am very stressed due final exams at university. I ve been suffering from generalized itching, tingling and crawling sensations on my skin everywhere in my body randomly spread. The feelings get worse after meals and at night. I can t sleep properly because I wake up scratching myself. There few random rashes that pop up all around the body and they are very itchy. Could it be related to the pregnancy or stress? Should I worry about it??
Tue, 3 Jul 2012
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Tingling and numbness of the fingers and a feeling of swelling in the hands are common during pregnancy. These symptoms are due to swelling of tissues in the narrow passages in your wrists, and they should disappear after pregnancy.feel itchy during pregnancy. Usually women feel itchy in the abdomen. But red, itchy palms and soles of the feet are also common complaints. Pregnancy hormones and stretching skin are probably the reasons.

U can try some of the tips

Use thick moisturizing creams instead of lotions on your skin.

Use gentle soaps.

Avoid hot showers or baths that can dry your skin.

Avoid itchy fabrics

Rarely, itchiness can be a sign of a serious condition called cholestasis of pregnancy. If you have nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice or fatigue with itchiness, call your doctor. Cholestasis of pregnancy is a serious liver problem.

Sleeping Troubles
During your pregnancy, you might feel tired even after you've had a lot of sleep. Don't worry, this is normal! This is your body's way of telling you that you need more rest.

In the second trimester, tiredness is usually replaced with a feeling of well being and energy. But in the third trimester, exhaustion often sets in again. As you get larger, sleeping may become more difficult. The baby's movements, bathroom runs, and an increase in the body's metabolism might interrupt or disturb your sleep. Leg cramping can also interfere with a good night's sleep.

Try these tips

When you're tired, get some rest.
eight hours of sleep every night, and a short nap during the day.

relax. Using yoga

Sleep on your left side. This will relieve pressure on blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the fetus.

Avoid eating large meals three hours before going to bed.

Get some mild exercise like walking.

Avoid long naps during the day.

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Bye and have safe journey of other remaining months.
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Pregnant. Stressed, itching and tingling skin, not able to sleep properly. Is this related to the pregnancy or stress?

M Tingling and numbness of the fingers and a feeling of swelling in the hands are common during pregnancy. These symptoms are due to swelling of tissues in the narrow passages in your wrists, and they should disappear after pregnancy.feel itchy during pregnancy. Usually women feel itchy in the abdomen. But red, itchy palms and soles of the feet are also common complaints. Pregnancy hormones and stretching skin are probably the reasons. U can try some of the tips Use thick moisturizing creams instead of lotions on your skin. Use gentle soaps. Avoid hot showers or baths that can dry your skin. Avoid itchy fabrics Rarely, itchiness can be a sign of a serious condition called cholestasis of pregnancy. If you have nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice or fatigue with itchiness, call your doctor. Cholestasis of pregnancy is a serious liver problem. Sleeping Troubles During your pregnancy, you might feel tired even after you ve had a lot of sleep. Don t worry, this is normal! This is your body s way of telling you that you need more rest. In the second trimester, tiredness is usually replaced with a feeling of well being and energy. But in the third trimester, exhaustion often sets in again. As you get larger, sleeping may become more difficult. The baby s movements, bathroom runs, and an increase in the body s metabolism might interrupt or disturb your sleep. Leg cramping can also interfere with a good night s sleep. Try these tips When you re tired, get some rest. eight hours of sleep every night, and a short nap during the day. relax. Using yoga Sleep on your left side. This will relieve pressure on blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the fetus. Avoid eating large meals three hours before going to bed. Get some mild exercise like walking. Avoid long naps during the day. Weight Gain Bye and have safe journey of other remaining months.