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30 of the Weirdest Signs of Pregnancy

29. Itching or Rashes Because of increased blood supply to the skin during pregnancy, itchiness is common. As your baby grows, your skin gets stretched, which… Trista - July 31, 2019
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29. Itching or Rashes

Because of increased blood supply to the skin during pregnancy, itchiness is common. As your baby grows, your skin gets stretched, which can also cause you to itch in your abdomen area. Mild itching is common, but severe itching is a cause for concern. Extreme itching could be a sign of obstetric cholestasis, a severe liver condition that affects about one in every one hundred pregnant women. If you think you may have obstetric cholestasis, see your doctor immediately.

For mild itching, try to wear loose-fitting clothes to reduce the amount of irritation on your skin. Stick with natural fabrics like cotton because synthetic fibers can cause more itching and prevent your skin from breathing. Take a cool bath and apply a gentle lotion or moisturizer to soothe your skin. Choose something plain because products with strong perfume scents can irritate the skin even more.

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30. Yeast Infections

Yeast infections can be a sign that you are expecting a child. As we’ve discussed before, there’s a strong possibility that a pregnant woman will have an increase in vaginal discharge. An increase in estrogen raises your risk of developing one. Studies show that the number one most common type of vaginal infection during pregnancy is a yeast infection.

Approximately 75 percent of women will get at least one yeast infection in their lifetime. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the bacteria Candida albicans. High estrogen levels contribute to overgrown yeast and extra moisture in the vagina can stir up a bacterial imbalance. While yeast infections are annoying, they will not harm you or your baby. You will most likely experience burning and itching around the vagina as well as painful urination. To prevent yeast infections, wear breathable cotton underwear, stick to showers, and avoid taking baths, clean yourself with gentle soaps and avoid douching. Also, limit the amount of sugar and refined grain products in your diet because yeast thrives on sugar.

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