Rashes and itchiness

It is common for temporary rashes and itchiness to come and go during pregnancy, without any obvious cause. Increased hormone levels make you more sensitive to contact with substances that would not normally affect you. For instance, you may find you become sensitive to chlorine in the local swimming pool. Thrush, which causes vaginal itching, and piles, which can cause itching around the anus, also occur more often in pregnancy.

Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes to keep your body cool. Talk to your GP about safe treatments to use for thrush and piles, but for other areas, dabbing on calamine lotion should reduce the itching. If your rash or irritation lasts longer than a couple of days, get advice from your GP.