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How to Ease Itchy Skin During Pregnancy

Itchy skin driving you crazy? Luckily, there are ways to combat this common but oh-so-annoying sypmtom.

Good news! The (super-annoying) itching that accompanies stretching skin during pregnancy is a symptom you can do something about. Try these tips for soothing your itchy skin:

Grease up
Keep the skin moisturized as best you can. Go for unscented stuff; it's less likely to irritate.

Take colloidal oatmeal baths
Colloidal oatmeal is extremely fine ground whole oats, which is known to relieve itches and soothe skin. You can make your own if you grind the heck out of oats with a coffee grinder (essentially to powder form) and drop a couple of cups worth into a warm bath. But you can just as easily buy Aveeno Oatmeal Bath from your local drugstore. For optimum relief, make sure the bath is warm, not hot, and gently pat yourself dry afterwards.

Avoid hot showers
Yes, they're great, but they can dry out your skin, which may contribute to overall itchiness.

Wear comfy clothing
Loose-fitting cotton gear tends to work best.