Pregnant women with PUPP?

Gotta admit, I am a victim of probability…in my first pregnancy, I was blisfully unaware of any complications and pregnancy woes… my body is getting even with me this time around. So after suffering from acute back aches for close to two months now (the baby presses down on the mom’s sciatica nerve and that sends shooting pain down mom’s back and legs….another “fun” gift of pregnancy), I woke up suddenly in the middle of the night with acute itching on my belly. Well, at 2am in the morning, I just thought that the skin on my belly was being extra sensitive due to all the stretching it was being subjected to…I had huge stretch marks this time around (btw, your body can create stretch marks over stretch marks, did you know that!).

However, by next morning, the itching had become worse and I had red striations all over my belly….there were also some kind of small rashes all over the place. So what do you think I did? I panicked and immediately rushed to my doc…he said I probably have whats called PUPP, a fairly annoying and itchy condition of the skin, which doesn’t harm the baby but can cause some discomfort to the baby. Oh and btw, he mentioned, PUPP usually spreads to the rest of the body as well so I shouldn’t worry if that happened.

Soon enough, in a week’s time, the darned rashes and itching spread to my arms and back and I was going crazy from the itching and burning these were causing. My doc advised me to use Aveeno oatmeal bath and apply benadryl cream topically…I did that for a while and now it is much better.

I recently read some more about PUPP and was aghast to read that it typically afflicts women who either have it due to heridity (no, my mom never had anything like that!), or in their first pregnancy (wrong again, this is my second pregnanacy), and only 1 woman in 300 gets it!!!! How on earth was I chosen as this 1 in 300? Gawd!

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5 Comments

  1. Ann Mitch

    That sounds terrible. I am so glad you are feeling better.

  2. Maya

    Thanks…I have another 6 weeks to go. hoping that it would be uneventful and smooth!

  3. Priya

    I have never heard about this PUPP before!!!

  4. Ping

    Hello. This article is from sometime back so I wanted to check. Was everything OK with the baby and when did the rash go away. Is your skin back to normal if you have had your baby and if not, does it get better. I suffering now, one of the 1 in 300

  5. Kayla

    I also have this problem. The PUPP. I’ve had it for about 4 weeks, but thank god i’m due this coming tuesday.

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