Good skin care is important throughout a woman’s life and shouldn’t be neglected during pregnancy. “Gentle measures” is the prescription from Dr. Sarah Myers of Duke University School of Medicine.
Practice gentle skin care.
Avoid irritants like harsh scrubbing creams and exfoliators.
Avoid hot baths; use warm water.
Use emollients liberally. Note that creams are more lubricating than lotions.
Moisturize your body when you come out of the shower and you’re still damp.
Drink lots of water, at least eight glasses a day.
See your obstetrician/gynecologist or dermatologist for any rash that causes discomfort or looks odd. Do not treat yourself.