Dry, itchy skin is common later in pregnancy, especially on an expanding abdomen, but many women report this symptom in their second month. Some experience overall dryness; others mention specific areas, such as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet that feel itchy. If you experience uncomfortable skin symptoms, avoid strong soaps and cleansers that rob your skin of natural oils. You might also try bathing instead of showering, as the constant pounding of hot water against skin may be irritating and drying. Some mothers prefer showering because spending too long in bath water can also rob the skin of natural oils.