Stop Itchy Pregnancy Belly! Three Easy, Natural and Quick tips to Prevent and Relieve Itchiness


Since my belly started stretching at around 20 weeks into this pregnancy I’ve had seriously itchy belly (especially around where my belly piercing was!). Seeing that it was/is winter, my skin was super dry already — I needed to nourish it any way I could. Here is what I’ve used to survive those crazy itchy belly spells. These are all totally personal remedies and not medical advice. Please be sure to consult your doctor for any medical questions!

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For INSTANT relief:

  1. Olive Oil — I discovered this when I was working at the studio one day and had no cream, my belly was all of a sudden SO itchy I could have screamed. I was literally ready to put butter on it (though that grossed me out, ha!) and I saw my saving grace on the kitchen counter — extra virgin olive oil. I figured since people use coconut oil on their skin why couldn’t I use olive oil to help my poor itchy pregnant belly. Holy relief Batman! It’s such a thick oil it instantly soothed my skin and created a layer of hydration that lasted for hours. Strangely enough, I also saw my skin tone even out after I started using it! 


    PROS: If you get the extra virgin kind, it’s already cold pressed, made without preservatives, you can easily buy organic, and it’s so much less expensive than the special belly creams. Personally, it works better for me. It even cleared up a little rash I had on my upper chest overnight. That was something that creams (prescribed and over the counter) couldn’t do and my handy dandy EVOO seemed to take on with ease. After doing some research I’ve also discovered that it’s lipid restoring which is important when your skin is stretching so quickly.

    CONS: You smell like a salad (though, that could be a pro?). You have to really rub it in, all over, in a circular motion and then let it soak in, otherwise you’ll get oil on your clothes which isn’t fun!

    VERDICT: I use olive oil every day now on my belly after I get out of the shower in the morning and before I go to bed at night. I use it during the day if my belly starts itching too. 

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For PREVENTION:

  1. Drink tons of water: This is an obvious one, but if you’re not drinking enough water your skin isn’t getting the hydration it needs. Dry skin means itchy skin! Drink water whenever you can — I bring a water bottle with me wherever I go. I love this one. Make it easy on yourself to drink enough water: whenever you feel hungry, before you eat, just have a small glass of water to quench your thirst. I’ve replaced all of my liquids except “treat” drinks that I super crave (coffee and ginger ale) with filtered water. It’s really healthy, and keeps me hydrated. I’ve also found that when I’m dehydrated I’m especially sluggish, so water has also helped with my crazy pregnancy fatigue, too! 

  2. Collagen powder/pills — this basically hits your skin from the inside, and helps with elasticity. Personally, I prefer the pills to the powder as they have no taste, but I do put the powder in smoothies to get a little extra boost. This is more of a long term idea, but I definitely feel and see a difference in my skin when I take them versus not! I read about this on blogs, saying that it helps prevent stretch marks. I have no idea if it’s true as I haven’t gotten any, but my pregnancy isn’t over yet... however, it has helped with my itchy belly! 

So there you have it! My 3 favorite easy itchy belly remedies. For fast relief break out that olive oil, for long term care, hydrate with water ALL DAY, and try collagen pills! 

BONUS TIPS:

  1. I’ve switched my shower gel to shower oil. I absolutely LOVE this one, and it’s pregnancy and baby safe.

  2. I also can’t rave enough about the Sugar Momma body scrubs! It’s made with natural oils and sugar. I went through a massive tub of it in less than a MONTH! I loved it so much. It’s called Sugar Momma Scrubs and you can get them HERE.

XOXO

KD



Famille Pessoa au Louvre II Photographe de Grossesse et famille à Paris

Little B was SO shy at the beginning of our session but you’d absolutely NEVER know it when looking at these. We started the first 15 minutes with sweet couples portraits so she could see her mom and dad having fun, and that I definitely wasn’t a baby sitter going to take her away! To tell you the truth, some sessions start like this, some start and the kiddos are already SO ready to be your friend, and BOTH WAYS ARE TOTALLY OKAY!!

Regardless, we always reassure the kids that mom and dad aren’t going anywhere, that we are definitely not babysitters, and that we are totally ready to run around, have fun, and play lots of games together!

Once they start seeing that, really, we’re just big kids too, they loosen up and start enjoying themselves. It’s as easy as that!

And that’s exactly what we let little B do.. She had her time to warm up, and then we spent the rest of their 2 hour session playing and running around… as you can see from these sweet portraits!

I can’t wait to meet her little sister, born shortly after we took these portraits! She’s so lucky to have such a wonderful family.


SHOP SIMILAR STYLE

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A Love Affair With Paris II Paris Lifestyle Photographer

Paris is one of those cities that people seem to fall in love with. They dream about it, they come back over and over again.. Maybe it's the piping hot croissants or the city's stunning architecture that pulls them in, but it's without a doubt a city of dreams. 

When I met beautiful Caroline, she told me about how Paris changed her life, and each time she comes back, it's like a homecoming. It was so important to me to make portraits of her in places she loves and feels her best in.. where her personality can come alive, where she can look back in 30 years and feel the same joy and peace in her heart. 

We spent about two hours walking around the 6th, talking, and enjoying her favorite places. What I love so much about these portraits are a sense of discovery yet peace. She's home yet there's still wonder there. 

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This was absolutely one of my FAVORITE sessions from last spring!! Have you done solo portraits before? What was your experience like? Please comment below! If you'd like to book a session like this, please contact us HERE. 

Baby Moon Inspiration: Maternity Photo Session in Saint Paul de Vinces + Nice, France II Family Photographer in France, Katie Donnelly

This is what you would call when a dream and the most incredible clients collide.

SHOP STYLE: DRESS (SIMILAR) II  HER BRACELET (SIMILAR) II HIS SHOES II HIS PANTS II HIS SHIRT II HIS BLAZER (SIMILAR)

I cannot wait to get back to the south to start having more sessions like this one. Saint Paul de Vinces is the cutest artsy village only 20 minutes from Nice. It has gorgeous winding streets and endless places to photograph. The city of Nice itself is also an explosion of inspiration with it's colored Italian-esc style buildings in the Vieux Nice and it's lovely pebbled beach.

COULD YOU SAY DREAMY!??

I absolutely LOVED working with these two now-parents! We even did a little cuddly part of their maternity photo session in their hotel room!

Flying around the world for my clients is already a dream and with the incredible array of places to discover in France, it's so much fun photographing around the country but being only an hour flight away.

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Romantic Baby Moon Ideas in Paris || Maternity Photographer

Have you guys heard of baby mooning? It’s like a honeymoon but before baby.. and IT’S AWESOME! Especially from my end because on baby moons I get to meet awesome clients like these two and spend sunny evenings with them celebrating their upcoming bundle of love. 

 

Also, how cool is spending a few pre-baby romantic days in Paris? I’m in. 

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Locations: Ile Saint Louis + Ile de la Cité