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How to Deal with an Itchy Pregnancy Stomach

Increased blood supply and a growing belly contribute to pregnancy itch. Take these steps to reduce the itch and gain some calm.


  • Step 1: Avoid drying skin Avoid drying the skin with hot baths or showers. Take warm baths with oatmeal and mild soap.
  • Step 2: Moisturize Moisturize your skin after bathing with a liberally applied moisturizer.
  • TIP: A heavy moisturizer such as cocoa butter can help reduce stretch marks.
  • Step 3: Use calamine lotion Use calamine lotion on particularly itchy spots. Store it in the fridge for a gentle cooling sensation.
  • Step 4: Wear loose clothes Wear loose-fitting clothes made of natural fibers to avoid aggravation.
  • Step 5: Don’t scratch Don’t scratch your itch. Pregnancy hormones may make skin thinner and susceptible to tearing.
  • FACT: Cocoa butter was first extracted as massage butter in 1828 when Conrad Von Houten invented the cocoa press.

You Will Need

  • Moisturizer
  • Calamine lotion
  • Loose-fitting clothes

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