any suggestions to relieve itchy skin in the third trimester?

Heather - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I've been really itchy for the last couple days, and I'm 31w2d. The OB I work for said it won't go away, but I can take some antihistamine to relieve the itching. Any other suggestions? I've had an oatmeal bath and slather on Intense Moisturizer, unscented, of course, and feel like I've done all I can. I hate itching!

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Lynne - posted on 12/19/2013

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Have been reading these blogs,try pure coconut oil,its brilliant stuff.

Tiffany - posted on 12/24/2009

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Im itchy and only 24 wks...I will take a benadryl at night if it is bad and I cant sleep and I also just got the oatmeal lotion and hand cream from AVON that works really good. You can also go to walmart and get the aveeno bath soap that will help, you can get a bar or the liquid and use the lotion as well...Good luck!!

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Aimee - posted on 02/25/2011

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use aqeouse cream or e45 they are good and i used them all through my 5 pregnanceys and still today hope that helps

Alexandra - posted on 02/24/2011

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Try an anti-itch cream, or Vitamin E oil. The vitamin E oil will also help (a little) to keep your skin supple so stretch marks won't be too bad. Also, make sure you are drinking LOTS of pure water, so that your skin stays hydrated. That will help.

Hi'ilani - posted on 12/28/2009

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has your doctor done any labs on you lately?? i had the same problem...the itching did not stop and it drove me crazy!! i couldn't even sleep at night!! my doctor rold me to take some bennadryl for my itching, it went away a little, i also would put whatever part of my body that was itchy under water and it would kind of help as well!. so i think i was 30 weeks when i first started itching, and it was pretty intense and i wasn't sure what was going on so i asked my docter and she just told me that i had probably tried something neew, like food or a different soap or something, which i did. i switched back to the soap that i was using but i still had it. well like two weeks later i had to change health insurance. so i told my new o.b. the situation, she did some labs on me and come to find out i had a rare sickness thats called cholesteisys(sorry i'm not even sure how to spell it!) she said it was really rare, so rare that only 1 out of 10,000 women get it in their third trimester and they don't even have any information on it in any preg. books. it affects your liver enzymes and there's also a possibility of the baby dieing. one of the side affects are itching( and i was itchy all over it was intense!!). so when i was about 38 weeks my doctor was concerned and wanted to deliver me because she didnt want anything to happen to my baby. i was really really sad and unhappy but that's what they thought was the best thing to do! he was a healthy 8 lbs. and the itching went away right after i gave birth, which they said it would. so please get checked!! take care and i hope your itching gets better!! happy labor too!

Melissa - posted on 12/28/2009

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Oh just to add the stuff i mention in my other post i used the stuff ever day and i noticed a significant decrease in my stretch marks. They are fading very well, and my baby girl is 1month and 2 weeks.

C. - posted on 12/27/2009

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Palmer's Cocoa butter.. Works wonders!!!! Just know that it won't take away the stretch marks like so many other moms believe :)

Melissa - posted on 12/27/2009

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During my pregnancy i went to spoiledmama.com, and brought some bump gloss and lotion from there, that helps really well. Im still using it now since it helps reduce stretch marks. It helped relive the itchiness, just make sure you apply it twice a day. I did use it more at times. But i hope it helps. Its a bit expensive, but im satisfied with the results.

Michelle - posted on 12/27/2009

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if its just your belly dont stress to much you can have periton which will stop it chemist are very dubious about selling it to pregnent people so go see your gp.i had a condition called oc in my pregnancy and i had kifes to my skin i was that itchy so if the itching is really bad and aspecially on hands and feel go see your midwife for a blood test because it can become dangerous to the baby because its a sign of liver falling but has to be server on hands and feel.also calimine lotion works

Jaimee - posted on 12/26/2009

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I know how you feel.. it isnt so much on your bellie but your body! I had it to.. The doctors asked me to take some bloods to see what it was.. they called it something. But she said i would ave popped by the time the results came back.. And sure enough it did.. It goes away. But my doc said nothing could really be done for this sort of stuff other then suffer.. He told me just not to scratch it as i would do it and make myself bleed lol.. But by the time labour come on it vanished... Sorry i am not much help.. I tried all sorts to help reliee it but nothing worked for my body.. Hope all gets better soon for you.

Danielle - posted on 12/26/2009

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Palmers has an oil that you can apply. itz great for itchy skin.. i think its called Palmers oil for itchy dry skin. Im not sure tho. but if you go to any drug store look at all the other Palmers products and it should be there. i used it all throughout my pregnancy and it worked great for me.

Mary - posted on 12/26/2009

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I found something that works really well for this by accident really. Ok girls this also helps on stretch marks and scar tissue too to help shirk the scar and noticing them also helps small lines on the face too. I used to make my own bath oils and such and this is how I found this magic mix. All it is is 1/2 cup apricot oil (found in health food stores), 4 vitamin E capsules (break open and squeeze oil out) and 3 drops of orange essence oil (also found in health food stores get natural very important). Mix together and store in fridge will last mixed together for a month. After taking a shower or bath just massage in to area that is it. For controlling wrinkles (my GF swears by it too) we use it twice a day once in the morning and once at night before bed time. I had my gallbladder out (the old way) 11 years ago now but with in 6 months I was able to shrink the appearance of the scar by half.

1/2 cup apricot oil (found in health food stores)

4 vitamin E capsules (break open and squeeze oil out)

3 drops of orange essence oil (also found in health food stores get natural very important)

Mix together and store in fridge will last mixed together for a month.



It also will be important to you to exfoliant the area very well too.

Ashley - posted on 12/26/2009

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use the oatmeal bath. and I used a sugar and vaseline mix before my shower. it is an exfoliant but all i had to do was rub and it scrached my itches.

Tarsha - posted on 12/26/2009

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hi, my god i was so itchy with number 4 was up all nite itching myself :(, turns out i had high bio salts (something to do with the liver) its called cholestasis..i didnt know i had it until 37wks and i got induced at 38wks because its life threating to baby, was hoping for a beautiful water birth at home but instead had an induced birth at hospital which turned out to be a water birth! anyway just maybe talk to your doctor about it get a blood test done just to make sure, the midwifes said it was nothing to worry about then they called me about 4 days later and said get to the hospital..i used vitamin e cream and showers helped me as well i was in tears after being up all nite itching and dawing blood! good luck sweetie and hope the itching stops 4 u!

Tamika - posted on 12/25/2009

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Palmers tummy butter saved me during my last pregnancy. It worked better than just regular cocoa butter. Vitamin E capsuals work also.

Jules - posted on 12/25/2009

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Try rubbing vitamin E oil on your belly, may be hard to find in oil form but if you buy capsules and break them open it will work just as well. Also helps with stretch maks and allowing your skin to "bounce" back to its pre pregnant shape :)

Morgan - posted on 12/24/2009

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maybe its your detergent even if you haven't changed it, it is still possible you could be sensitive to it now, try one that is for sensitive skin maybe that will help

Rose - posted on 12/24/2009

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I really didn't like that part my skin was super dry i used vaselines coco butter lotion it is in a brown bottle also i tried tummy butter by palmers hope this helps good luck!

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I used lotion meant for hands-specifically Hemp Intense Moisture hand cream (I think that's the name of it-I found it at Wal-Mart) and the Bath and Body Works "Look Ma New Hands" from their spa line. It's a bit pricey, but it's worth it if you're really itchy.

Robyn - posted on 12/23/2009

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I used coconut butter and vitamin e oil on my belly and it helped tons plus all the extra moisture will help with preventing stretch marks :)

Heather - posted on 12/23/2009

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thank you all for your advice! fortunately, my tummy isn't too itchy. I've kept it oiled up w/ palmer's skin therapy oil. I also love the tummy butter. It's mostly on my chest and back. I'll bring it up to my OB at my next appointment, but in the mean time, I'll take your suggestions to heart and see which ones work the best. Thank you for taking the time to help!! ♥

Jamie - posted on 12/23/2009

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I had pregnancy pups while I was pregnant, my tummy was a giant rash for months it was just awful I used biofreeze, it was the only thing that worked.

Jaime - posted on 12/23/2009

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My belly (it was a rash) itched so bad I would take hot showers and SCRUB with my loufa. I know it was bad, but it felt soo good when I did it! (SOOO BAD I KNOW) Well finally I couldn't take it anymore and my doctor said that I had some skin thing that only happens when you are pregnant, and she gave me some steroids. Only a week, and very small doses. It cleared up right away, and I was good to go the rest of my pregnancy!



And BTW, itching promotes you getting stretch marks, and I definately paid for my itching spells, so try not to itch!!!

Andrea - posted on 12/23/2009

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I definitely agree with the Palmer's Tummy Butter. I used that all the time during my pregnancy. It seems to be thicker, almost wax like and it really stays on your stomach well. The other lotions seemed to rub off on my clothes.

Jacqueline - posted on 12/23/2009

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palmers tummy butter works wonders and helps with the stretch marks

Rachel - posted on 12/23/2009

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i agree witht he coconut products, i use body lotion, bath bubbles and body wash, i suggest going to The body shop the products may seem explensive but you dont need alot plus it all helps with the strech mark and cellulite

Summer - posted on 12/23/2009

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i was like that due to my belly growing... i would take warm to moderate hot showers and just let my body soak up the water. i also put coconut butter lotion on about 4-6 times a day and that helped too. dont scratch though it will cause stretch marks, or at least thats what my doc and friends told me. hang in there, it will go away. also drink lots of water!

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