You may have already noticed dryness and itching on your breasts and abdomen, where your skin has been stretched by weight gain. This will likely intensify as summer heat depletes your skin of much-needed moisture, so be sure to drink at least eight to 10 glasses of noncaffeinated liquids daily. You'll need to drink even more if you're active or exercising. Protect your skin by using bath oil or moisturizing shower gel, and apply a moisturizing oil or lotion right after bathing, while skin is still a bit damp.
To soothe itching skin, soak in a warm bath with baking soda or oatmeal. If you can stand it, a cold-water bath can provide even more relief. After bathing, pat yourself dry or let your skin dry naturally. You can also ask your doctor to suggest a safe, over-the-counter anti-itch preparation.