Do you feel slightly itchy? Giving the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet a good scratch may feel really good. To the point that you may not be able to stop rubbing or scratching?
Be aware and consult your doctor if the itching continues and doesn’t subside. It could be a sign of something more serious – termed as Cholestasis, a liver dysfunction.
Itchiness of hands and feet is one of the first signs of Cholestasis, along with
These are further tell-tale signs of Cholestasis.
During my pregnancies, I went through periods where I was constantly feeling the urge to rub and scratch the palms of my hands. I didn’t research it on the internet or ask my doctor about it because I thought it was most likely to be a phase of pregnancy. It was only after writing it down and doing the research for my website that I realised it could be a sign of something more serious. Luckily for me, this would have been picked up during my routine blood sample checks due to having high risk pregnancies. I can only presume in my case that it was my skin reacting sensitively to my increased blood volume.
Pregnancy can make you feel itchy all over or just in certain areas. I felt itchy all over in the later stages of pregnancy, especially on my belly where my skin was stretched the most and my scalp due to hair growth (see Itchy Scalp).