Sensitive, irritated skin

Skin tends to become more sensitive during pregnancy, not only due to higher hormone levels, but because it has become more stretched and delicate. Soaps and detergents may suddenly cause irritation, or conditions such as eczema may become worse. Your skin may become more prickly than usual when exposed to sunlight.

Try to identify what could be causing your irritation - could it be your washing powder or a perfume that you use? Also, choose loose, cotton clothes and keep your body well-moisturised. Long soaks in a warm bath may dry out your skin so keep these to a minimum, or add bath oil that will help keep your skin supple. Finally always protect your skin from the sun with a high factor sunscreen (SPF30 or more).