Types of Itching And Rashes Women Face In Pregnancy

Types of Itching And Rashes Women Face In Pregnancy

A woman undergoes several mental and physical changes during pregnancy. There are also notable changes to skin due to changes in hormones. A woman might develop blemishes, acne, pigmentation, itching and rashes during pregnancy. Itching in particular is a common symptom for many of the woman folks and it can be due to several reasons.

Itching during pregnancy can occur due to various pregnancy related illness. Sometimes it has nothing to do with pregnancy. Here are five kinds of itching and rashes you may face during pregnancy.

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP)

It is the most common condition affecting 1-160 pregnancies. Generally, it occurs during first pregnancy in third trimester causing extremely itchy rashes on the abdomen, leg and arms.


Oral histamines would be recommended or some topical steroids. Washing the affected area with lukewarm water or using cold compresses will give relief. Do not use soap as it will cause more itching.

Prurigo of Pregnancy

It’s a chronic skin disease affecting 1 in 300 pregnant moms. It causes itchy bumps along the skeletal muscle surface of arms, legs and sometimes on the abdomen. These bumps may start off looking like an insect bite and grow day by day. It can occur anytime during pregnancy.


Depending on the severity, your doctor may recommend oral histamines, topical steroids or some moisturizers to calm down the impact. Purirgo may also resolve on its own after delivery.

Herpes Gestationis or Gestational pemphigoid

A rare autoimmune rash occurring during second or third trimester of pregnancy, it affects 1 in 50,000 pregnancies. Contrary to the name, it is not caused by herpes virus, however the rash looks like herpes with several blisters and vesicles forming a ring. It affects the abdomen.


Mostly corticosteroids are recommended in treating this disease. The rashes commonly flash at delivery and resolves on its own shortly thereafter but can likely to affect again in future pregnancies.

Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Severe itching occurring from cholestasis of pregnancy in late pregnancy is caused due to change in the normal flow of bile resulting from increased amount of hormones. Woman will not experience any rash but jaundice of the skin may occur.


Itching goes away after delivery but cholestasis may cause foetal distress and also pre-term labour. Proper medical attention may help.

Pruritic Folliculitis of Pregnancy

It develops in the second or third trimester of pregnancy while the incident rate is 1 in 3,000 pregnancies. Woman will experience itchy rash resembling acne. It occurs on the arms, chest, shoulders and back.


Doctor prescribed oral antihistamines, topical acne treatment may help. Just like most of the other itching and rashes, this one also goes away on its own few weeks after delivery.

Being pregnant is a wonderful experience in a woman’s life. So if you are suffering from one of these, don’t allow itching spoil your happiness. Consult a specialist if it gets severe.