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So itchy!

post #1 of 9
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So... this is my first time being preggo. I'm 10 weeks and 1 day today. I was just wondering if being itchy all over (arms, back, legs) is normal??? I feel like since I've been pregnant I've just been so itchy! Anyone else seriously itchy?

post #2 of 9

My lower legs are driving me insane! I am scratching so hard that I have made some red spots on my legs. I remember being itchy on my legs with my first pregnancy (DD) but I don't remember it quite like this with my second (DS) and this is my third. I was going to ask the same question!! Does anyone know what's going on?

post #3 of 9

Is it because your skin is dry?  That's my problem.  Shea butter has really helped.  I don't like the texture, but it works and it's natural.  :)

post #4 of 9


Olive oil or lanolin are pretty awesome, too.
 

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Originally Posted by BubbleMa View Post

Is it because your skin is dry?  That's my problem.  Shea butter has really helped.  I don't like the texture, but it works and it's natural.  :)



There can be other causes of itchiness.  Some of it can be hormones.  Or an internal yeast overgrowth which can come out as random itchy spots.  Or slower liver function (which can be a very serious problem if it gets severe). 

post #5 of 9

What is HELLP? All I can remember is that it involves itching but i can't remember anything else about it and am too lazy to google!

 

I get psorasis on my legs in the winter, usually just in deep-dark winter and it's perfectly round, red, flakey itchy spots. Keeps me up at night itching. Currently I have it ALL OVER my legs, EVERYWHERE, even the areas I don't normally get it (behind my knees, on my thighs). Need to find some sort of intensive lotion. A beeswax lotion is helping, but coconut oil or any regular sort of lotion just stings and burns.

post #6 of 9

Itching without a rash is definitely something to see your OB about. I was itchy towards the end of my last pregnancy and it turned out it was choleostasis, a liver condition that happens during pregnancy. They think I had HELLP syndrome, as well, which they're pretty sure caused our stillbirth. Sorry to freak people out, but it's a very simple blood test to look at your liver enzymes and bile acid levels. If your  liver isn't properly handling bile acids, there is medication you can take that is safe for baby.  My doctor had no idea what to look for, which was part of the issue.  It could definitely be dry and stretching skin, but after what happened to us, I feel like I should let others know what to look for just in case!  Signs of choleostasis include intense itching, especially on your hands and feet, and it tends to be more intense at night. 

 

My sister is in nursing school, and she sent me an explanation of HELLP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLJ883ry0ZQ&sns=em

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #7 of 9


Thank you for the information! I feel like I am constantly walking a fine line between information and scaring people. Don't want to be the debbie downer of the ddc. Always a problem. Thanks for taking the time to inform people.

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Originally Posted by TandN View Post

Itching without a rash is definitely something to see your OB about. I was itchy towards the end of my last pregnancy and it turned out it was choleostasis, a liver condition that happens during pregnancy. They think I had HELLP syndrome, as well, which they're pretty sure caused our stillbirth. Sorry to freak people out, but it's a very simple blood test to look at your liver enzymes and bile acid levels. If your  liver isn't properly handling bile acids, there is medication you can take that is safe for baby.  My doctor had no idea what to look for, which was part of the issue.  It could definitely be dry and stretching skin, but after what happened to us, I feel like I should let others know what to look for just in case!  Signs of choleostasis include intense itching, especially on your hands and feet, and it tends to be more intense at night. 

 

My sister is in nursing school, and she sent me an explanation of HELLP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLJ883ry0ZQ&sns=em

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

post #8 of 9

I recommend starting with a simple hydration - a good lotion or oil to hydrate the skin.  Now that we're moving into winter, I know my feet are starting to itch and flake.  But a good application of lotion takes care of it.  If it doesn't help, then it's something to call your HCP about. 

post #9 of 9

My current favorite shower treatment is sugar and sweet almond oil. Scrub all over, rinse and pat dry. Keeps all my skin from flaking off in the winter. 

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