Itchy skin post-pregnancy happens because of the excess supply of blood in the woman’s body. This could be the reason for itching. The post-partum itch could also be felt because of the stretch of the abdomen,
Itching post-delivery is not something to worry about. However, if this happens in excess then this could be because of some liver condition. Slight itching, however, is common postpartum.
You start to feel as if the skin is crawling and you just cannot help at that time but itch. This is not something that is life threating but is definitely embarrassing.
Get relief from the postpartum itch
Here is what you should do in order to get relief from the itch:
- Do not use hot water to shower – The hot water will dry your skin and this will increase the irritation. Make sure to take a bath in water that is at room temperature. You may also want to take a bath in lukewarm water but never with hot water. This is so that the water is gentle on your skin.
- Choose skin care products with care – The skin care products that you choose should be selected carefully after reading the labels. You may have used the same products pre-pregnancy but they may cause irritation now. If you use skin care products that have ingredients that do not suit your body then this could cause further irritation. Make sure to use creams that are meant for sensitive skin. Also, avoid those that contain added fragrances.
- Change the razor – If you use razors to shave off your hair then make sure that you change it at least once a week. The razor should be free from any additives. The blades start to rust so make sure to keep changing the razor.
- Detergent-free from perfumes- Make sure that the detergent that you use to wash your clothes are free of dyes and perfumes. Look for detergents that are meant to be used for sensitive skin.
- Fabric softeners- The fabric softeners that you use should be naturally made. Avoid those that are chemical laden.
- Hydrate inside out – Dehydration is also a major concern when it comes to skin issues. Make sure that you stay hydrated and drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. You will have to increase the intake of water if you are breastfeeding your baby. Also, if you are staying indoors where you use a heater then make sure that you use a humidifier. This can help to make sure that the air around you is not dry.
- Lower your stress levels – This is easy to say than do. When you are stressed, your hormones get misbalanced and this is a major culprit to cause skin issues. Do proper exercises, have a balanced diet and get quality sleep to balance out your stress levels.
There could be other things that may be causing itching on your skin after you deliver. This could be because of a change in the hormones, or issues with your thyroid glands. The medications that you take for childbirth and recovery could also be causing the itch. The doctor will be able to guide you better on what can be done to get relief from postpartum skin itch.