Itching in Pregnancy
This may affect up to 30% of pregnant women towards the end of pregnancy.
The most common is prurigo of pregnancy. There is no rash. The itch is predominantly in the tummy, trunk and upper thighs. This is harmless.
Occasionally there may be an accompanying rash - most are harmless and settle after delivery. Itchy pimples around the belly and truck and limbs is an example. Sometimes the rash around the tummy gets extremely itchy. Treatment is available.
There are 2 situations where there are risks to mother and baby:
Vesicles (similar to chicken pox eruption) may suggest pemphigoid disease. This may be life threatening.
Rashless itching that involves palms and soles. The itchiness is intense. This condition is harmful to the fetus.