Pregnancy related skin rashes

Pregnant women are very susceptible to a wide range of skin rashes, which are usually due to the massive hormonal changes occurring in your body. However, always check with your doctor or midwife if you experience persistent problems.

It is not unusual to develop dry patches of flaky and highly itchy skin,most commonly on your legs, arms, and abdomen. Applying simple moisturizing creams usually helps, but occasionally an antihistamine or even low-dose steroid cream may be needed to relieve irritation. The dilated blood vessels in your skin may make it look pinker, or even blotchy, which can sometimes be mistaken for a rash.

Since your skin needs to get rid of the extra heat from these dilated blood vessels, it is normal for you to sweat more. As a result, you may develop a sweat rash under your arms or breasts and in the groin areas, where sweat accumulates and does not have much chance to evaporate quickly.
Wearing looser clothes, preferably cotton, and avoiding synthetic fabrics close to your skin will reduce the problem, as will careful hygiene and using unscented soaps and deodorants.

Occasionally, a swear rash can become infected with a fungal organism, for example, yeast. These are not serious, but can make you itchy and uncomfortable and you may need a prescription topical antifungal cream to help clear the infection.

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    06/23/14
    amanda
    I had little white bumps on my hands and feet that itched like crazy and no matter how much I scratched them they still itched really bad. Nothing seemed to take them away or relieve the itch. I only had them when I was pregnant and I got them with all of my pregnancies. It was weird and I still have no idea what exactly they were. They kind of looked like mosquito bites only white instead of red.
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    06/23/14
    amanda
    That makes sense. I did have to change my vitamins at some point too because the ones I was taking were making me sick to my stomach. I wonder maybe if I was allergic to something that was in the ones I was taking. I didn't switch it up until my last pregnancy.
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      06/23/14
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      06/23/14
      amanda
      Its common for your body to react differently to things when you are pregnant. Its weird but some people temporarily develop allergies or intolerance to something when they are pregnant. Weird enough when a girl I went to school with's mom was pregnant with her she craved strawberries like crazy and she was allergic to them so she couldn't eat them.
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