Checklist: Belly Itching Like Crazy? Try These Smart Soothers

There's not much you can do about preventing or reducing stretch marks, but you can relieve your itchy belly with these six easy steps.

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___ Rub on a thick, rich moisturizer (like cocoa butter) each night before bed. It'll soak in overnight, leaving your skin soft and ditching the dryness that triggers itchiness.

___ Wear super-soft natural fabrics -- like cotton, cashmere and silk -- instead of scratchy wools or heavy denims, which can make the itching worse.

___ Go for undies, pants and skirts that rest under your belly. The up-and-over granny types can cause too much rubbing and irritation.

___ Drink plenty of water, which will keep all of you hydrated -- skin included.

___ Avoid soaking in a hot tub; it'll zap your skin's moisture. However, taking a warm bath with a soothing oatmeal mix (like Aveeno) can help.

___ Humidify! Spending a lot of time in a central-heated or air-conditioned space can dry out your birthday suit. Consider buying a humidifier to send some moisture back into the air, which'll help your belly stay hydrated too.

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