During pregnancy, doctors will tell you that everything you eat and drink contributes to your baby’s development, meaning your body will require more fluids and nutrients to cope with the demand. Naturally, you might find your skin shows signs of dehydration, such as dry, flaky patches of skin on the face and body. Fortunately, there are simple ways to help treat dry skin in pregnancy:
As your baby grows, your skin will stretch to accommodate your bump (often stretch marks will appear as the skin stretches – click here for tips on how to care for skin prone to stretch marks). Alongside increased blood flow to the skin, hormonal fluctuations, and lack of hydration, this can often lead to dry itchy skin on the breasts and belly as your skin struggles to retain moisture as it stretches.
If you are experiencing itchy skin during pregnancy, consult your doctor. Your doctor can recommend a treatment specifically designed for itchy skin when pregnant. Tips your doctor may recommend:
Since the body tends to retain more fluid, the surface of the skin often suffers from lack of moisture – making chapped lips during pregnancy a common problem. To help moisturize and soothe chapped lips:
An increase in sensitive skin during pregnancy is common, so if you’re suffering from dry, itchy skin, or chapped lips, your doctor may tell you it’s simply part of having a baby. By taking good care of yourself – inside as well as out – you can embrace the experience and look forward to your new arrival.