7 anti-itch creams to use for your belly when the itch becomes unbearable

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Have you ever had an itch that was so unbearable but you can’t do anything about it? For pregnant moms, this feels like torture. It usually happens around the belly.

What can you read in this article?

  • Is it normal to feel this way?

  • What to look for in an anti-itch cream

  • To the rescue: 7 anti-itch creams for pregnant belly

Of course, we try to control scratching it because we believe that doing so can cause stretch marks to appear. During these times, having an anti-itch cream for a pregnant belly can be a lifesaver.

Is it normal to feel this way?

anti-itch cream for pregnant belly
anti-itch cream for pregnant belly

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It’s perfectly normal to feel itchy around the belly area when you’re pregnant. This can be caused by your hormones and also the stretching of your skin as it makes room for your little one in the womb. In these cases, an anti-itch cream can definitely help.

However, if the itching happens quite often, it can be caused by a condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis (OC).

This is a liver condition wherein the bile acids build up in the body. It is usually accompanied by other symptoms like dark urine, light poo, and yellowing of the skin.

Experts recommend that you see your doctor right away if you have concerns about the itchiness of your skin and you have the aforementioned symptoms.

What to look for in an anti-itch cream

anti-itch cream for pregnant belly
anti-itch cream for pregnant belly

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Don’t just slather any kind of lotion on your belly. It’s always best to be extra careful now that you have a growing baby inside of you. When in doubt, check the following before buying an anti-itch cream:

  • features – What ingredients does it contain? Equally important also is what it does not contain. Make sure it’s free from parabens, phthalates, SLS, and other harmful substances.

  • benefits – Aside from the obvious benefit, which is alleviating the itch, check if it also does other things. Some have moisturizing effects and calming scents.

As with anything else you use while you’re pregnant, please also consult with your doctor before using anything new.

anti-itch cream for pregnant belly
anti-itch cream for pregnant belly

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To the rescue: 7 anti-itch creams for pregnant belly

If you have extra-dry skin, consider this creamy lotion. Dove’s Cream Oil has a calming shea butter scent, which is a plus. This makes it a good anti-itch cream for your pregnant belly.

What we love about it

  • features

    • nutriDUO deep care technology to lock in moisture

    • creamy lotion with a calming shea butter scent

    • suitable for daily use

  • benefits

    • nourishes and hydrates dry skin to calm the itchiness

    • improve your skin’s overall tone and texture

  • price

    • P620

Technically, this oil is to prevent stretch marks. But it relieves itching, too. As your baby grows, so does your belly, which means it stretches the further you go along your pregnancy. This can cause your skin to itch. This stretch mark oil then is dual purpose!

What we love about it

  • features

    • 100% ingredients of natural origin

    • certified ingredient safe policy

    • dermatologist-tested

  • benefits

    • improves skin elasticity, which may also relieve itching

    • limits the appearance of stretchmarks

  • price

    • P594

This one from Weleda is another stretch mark massage oil, so it works pretty much like Mustela’s offering. However, it also contains sweet almond oil that has antioxidants vitamins E and B. Aside from that, it has jojoba to moisturize the skin.

What we love about it

  • features

    • free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colorants, and mineral oil

  • benefits

    • moisturizes the skin to minimize itching at the same time

    • prevents stretch marks

  • price

    • P1,654.46

This one’s a classic. Our moms used it before to treat pesky insect bites. If you are not allergic to it and your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you can also use this to find relief from your itchy skin.

What we love about it

  • features

    • dries quickly

  • benefits

    • soothes itching and alleviates pain

    • relieves symptoms of allergies

  • price

    • P199

Aloe vera is known for its many benefits including its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This cream from Zenutrients uses the aloe vera’s cooling characteristic as well as its other benefits to provide you relief from itchy skin. Combine this with calendula and you’ve got a good cream to use for your belly.

What we love about it

  • features

    • organic

    • aloe and calendula-enriched formula

    • perfect for sensitive skin

    • can be used as a day and night cream

  • benefits

    • relieves mild cases of skin asthma

    • lessens itchiness

  • price

    • P252

It has three essential ceramides to help restore the skin’s natural barrier and consequently improve your skin condition. It’s also fragrance-free so preggos who are sensitive to smell have no need to worry.

What we love about it

  • features

    • fast-acting, long-lasting anti-itch lotion

    • developed with dermatologists

  • benefits

    • provides relief for up to 8 hours

    • helps maintain moisture to improve skin’s overall comfort

  • price

    • P1,170

This anti-itch cream for your pregnant belly is not really a cream. It’s an oil that has a wide variety of uses. When taken orally, it is known to encourage weight loss, promote heart health, and improve blood circulation among others.

As a moisturizer, it is also great for relieving that itchy sensation on your belly. Tip: You may want to continue using it after pregnancy because it’s also good as a nipple salve when you’re breastfeeding.

What we love about it

  • features

    • FDA-approved

    • cold-pressed

    • anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial

  • benefits

    • moisturizes the skin to soothe itchiness

    • boosts immunity

  • price

    • P199.02

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