Anti-itch Cream During Pregnancy

Updated on January 14, 2013
H.M. asks from Phoenix, AZ
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Hi mommies,

I am 13 weeks pregnant and have developed these itching red-bump on my belly. Has any one of you hAve this during pregnancy? if yes, please share your remedies. Is it safe to use an anti-itch cream that contain 1% hydrocortisone? If I could I would like to avoid using the cream but the itch is getting unbearable today. I will be seeing my OB this week and will ask her if she has any recommendation.

Thanks a bunch!

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answers from Cleveland on

Sounds like you have PUPPPs. I had it (on my stomach, inside of thighs, behind my knees, around ankles, inside of elbows) when I was pregnant with my now 15 year old dd but I didn't get it until around 6 months. Back then my doctor would only let me use baking soda baths to help relieve the itching. I think I have read that it is safe to use Benadryl during pregnancy now but really you should always consult your doctor before using any kind of medication.

If it is PUPPPs that you have, it will not go away until you have the baby. That was the most miserable part of my pregnancy. I was so thankful I did not get it during my second pregnancy.

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answers from San Francisco on

You can use hydrocortisone---thats fine. Also, oatmeal bath helps with itchy skin. Aveeno makes a good cream that is totally safe and made out of oatmeal--it helped me alot during pregnancy. Congrats on your pregnancy!

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answers from Kalamazoo on

Get checked for PIPPPS, I think thats the name of it. It basically means you are allergic to being pregnant, if it gets really bad, I think they can give you some sort of steroid cream or shots. I had it, and Im pretty sure the hydrocortozone was a no no. You can take regular benedryl, but it will knock you out, so dont take if you have to go anywhere.



answers from Las Vegas on

Try PURE coconut oil . The kind you buy in a health food store.. It's really good for dry skin and sloughing it off as well... Also, it's completely natural..

good luck



answers from Chicago on

I am currently 23 weeks pregnant and had this early on in my pregnancy. I got little bumps and it itched sooo bad. I think it was just the skin stretching! I know itching makes stretch marks worse, so I tried so hard not to scratch!! What was recommended to me was St Ives Vitamin E lotion (I was already putting vitamin E oil on my tummy). That stuff worked like a charm! It really moisturizes and I haven't had that since!!

I don't think that PUPPPS happens until later on in your pregnancy. It has to due with your liver not functioning right.



answers from Salt Lake City on

I remember that phase. So not fun! I used Aveeno. Didn't have to worry about hydrocortisone because Aveeno uses oatmeal instead. I used a lot because I used it each time I itched which was a lot. Good luck with your pregnancy. I know it sounds weird but try to enjoy it. Not the itching but the experience.



answers from Miami on

To add to what the other ladies have said, I'd recommend Cera Ve lotion. It's expensive, but it's what dermatologists recommend for their patients. My husband had a terrible breaking out, and he is supposed to use it preventatively, according to the dermatologist.

I would also recommend to start washing your clothes in Tide Free or All Free and Clear, especially while you're getting over this breaking out. If it doesn't get better, get in to see a dermatologist. Honestly, and this is not fun to hear, don't let this go, HM. My husband had a spot on his leg on Thursday, by Saturday it was as big as his hand, and on Sunday night it was all over his leg. He was in misery and it had become systemic. He had to take strong antibiotics and had a powerful shot too. Ask your OB to confer with a dermatologist to get you the RIGHT help so that your breaking out doesn't turn into something ugly. I never would have believed this would happen to my husband, but it did. Now we are careful.

Good luck,



answers from Houston on

I developed what seemed like allergies just before and during pregnancy. I was prepping for IVF and taking hormones. I still react badly to the adhesive on some bandages. Topical Benadryl was my friend. If you can find something natural that will work for you, try that, but read up on it first, because beign pregnant can make a huge difference.

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