With the fluctuating hormone levels, the itchiness may be felt throughout the nine months of pregnancy only to disappear after delivery. Natural or home remedies have almost no side effects and help reduce symptoms like itchiness, swelling, pain and redness of the skin.
10 tried and tested home remedies are:
- Applying a cold compress or ice pack to the affected area will reduce inflammation or redness.
- Soaking a small towel in cool water, rolling it up and placing it between the mother’s breasts and growing belly will naturally cure a breast itch during pregnancy.
- Applying aloe vera gel on the affected area will reduce inflammation. The gel also creates a protective shield on the skin and prevents further damage caused by scratching.
- Applying a paste of baking soda and water and applying it over the mother’s belly will reduce itchiness and pain.
- Taking a warm oatmeal bath also helps. (Oatmeal bath can be easily made at home by grinding oats in a coffee grinder). The oatmeal helps soothe irritated skin and reduces the itchiness.
- Dabbing some apple cider vinegar on the affected area with a cotton ball dipped in vinegar helps.
- Applying coconut oil or olive oil after taking a shower keeps the body moisturized thus reducing the itchiness.
- Lemon juice applied over the itchy area will give some relief. The volatile oil in lemon has the ability to numb sensations and is good against inflammation.
- Tulsi leaves have the ability to reduce irritation of the skin. Rubbing a few fresh leaves over the affected area will reduce the itchiness. Boil few leaves in water. Once it cools down it may be applied to the affected part with a cotton ball.
- If the mother’s skin is sensitive, she may apply petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly does not contain any harmful chemicals and has a soothing action on the skin. Therefore, it not just relieves the itch, but also ensures that the skin irritation becomes less.
The mother should avoid too many hot baths as it causes the skin to become dry and aggravate the itching. She should wear loose cotton clothes and avoid going out when the sun is at its fiercest. She should also avoid scratching, as it only intensifies the itching. She should also keep her nails short and filed to prevent deep scratches.