Scratch, Mama, Scratch...Or. Maybe Not

I remember into about my six or seventh month, my belly began to itch like crazy! A coworker caught me and lectured me on how I was not supposed to scratch my itchy belly. Well, it's rather hard NOT to when the thing feels like it's on fire or a million ants are marching about all over it! LOL

Why do our bellies itch during pregnancy? It's because our skin is stretching and the stretching causes the skin to dry out more, losing moisture.

I kept my belly well moisturized with Palmer's Stretch Mark lotion, Vitamin E lotion, and Cocoa Butter. Out of all of those, Palmer's seemed to keep the stretch marks at bay and my belly itched less. You need to find a cream or lotion that works best for you and keep that itchy belly well moisturized throughout the day because itching it will only make it itch more. Yikes!

I applied it in the morning, afternoon, and before bed (usually 3-4 times a day), and I would lift my shirt up near my chest (when at home of course, haha) because my shirt rubbing against it would irritate it as well. Plus, it makes for a good excuse to go shirtless at home. Lol

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Melissa MiddletonPennington Gap, Virginia
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08/21/14
Melissa Middleton
You are very welcome. I am glad to hear that, Zarah. :)
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    Melissa Middleton
    You're lucky, Sheila. :D I wish mine didn't. Lol
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      Melissa Middleton
      Oh my goodness, it drove me nuts! Lol
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        08/21/14
        5Tabitha
        Mine itched like crazy for half the pregnancies. I finally found coconut oil to help the best.
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        Melissa Middleton
        That's great. :) I know with each woman and pregnancy, she needs to find what works best. I have not tried coconut oil though but will give a try when we're ready for the next kiddo.
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          8Theresa Gould
          Yes, it was maddening to have an itchy belly! I still find my stretch marks get itchy at odd times. I admit I scratched.
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          08/22/14
          Melissa Middleton
          How can you help not to? Lol My cesarean scar still itches and I have no idea why.
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          About Melissa Middleton
          Current: Pennington Gap, Virginia
          Birth: April 13
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          Mother of an active son, a precious baby girl, & a diva step-daughter (who lives with us). I am an artist, baker, organic gardener, frugal liver, & a Christian--happily married to my best-friend. Blogger at www.chasingwildhorses.com