It’s really common to suffer from an itchy bump, when you’re pregnant – it can drive you mad, and affect how much sleep you’re getting. But why does this happen? Pregnancy causes changes in blood hormone levels, mainly an increase in oestrogen levels and melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH). It’s this change in hormones that partly causes the itching. It’s thought that oestrogen levels in particular affects how sensitive your skin is. Your skin getting dry and losing moisture, as it stretches, can also cause it to itch.

If you’ve got an itchy rash, it could be caused by a condition called polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PEP). It’s very common and usually appears in the final trimester. PEP is not dangerous for your or your baby, and it should go away soon after your baby is born, but go and see your GP for more information.

How to soothe an itchy bump

Take a cool shower – this is a really easy way to soothe that itch! Use Love Boo’s Silky Soft Body Wash, which is packed with special ingredients known for their moisturising and nourishing properties – white water lily, chamomile and avocado oil helps replenish elasticity and keeps skin supple and hydrated.

Heard of using porridge oats to help soothe chicken pox itching? Well it works for pregnancy itching too! Pop some into the foot of an old pair of tights, or in a muslin square. Knot it to keep the oats in, and pop it in the bath before you get in. The water will turn silky and make your skin feel amazing.

Within three minutes of getting out of the shower, or bath, lather on moisturiser, like Love Boo’s Soft & Creamy Body Smoother, to really lock in the moisture. Non-greasy, it contains a super-nourishing blend of hibiscus, centella and shea butter that increases elasticity, boosts moisture and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Drink plenty of water – make sure you’re drinking at least 1.5L of water every day, to stay hydrated. It will help your energy levels as well as your itching!