Itching in Late Pregnancy


Dear Midwife,
Please help! I am 36 weeks and 6 days pregnant with my fourth child. I believe I am in labor because I have been contracting for 2 days now every 15-20 minutes.

I suddenly started itching tonight starting with the tops of my feet and now covering pretty much my whole body. I have not broken out or anything, just severe itching that I cant control. I am not able to sleep or even relax, it is so uncomfortable. Is this due to me being pregnant, in labor or just plain weird?

Thank you,


No, there are a couple of late-pregnancy conditions that can cause the itching. It should be reported to your care provider who can run some tests to see what it is, and then depending, give you options for treatment.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.